Thursday 21 September 2017

Outrage over Tuam scandal has focused on the religious - but much of society was complicit

Bernie Kerridge, who as a child was in the Tuam Mothers and Babies Home, protesting outside the Bon Secours Hospital in Galway following the scandal. Photo: Hany Marzouk
Bernie Kerridge, who as a child was in the Tuam Mothers and Babies Home, protesting outside the Bon Secours Hospital in Galway following the scandal. Photo: Hany Marzouk

Gerard O’Regan

It was an autumn evening back in the sombre 1970s, when I walked gingerly towards the Mercy convent in Tuam, rang the bell, and explained my plight to the nun who opened the door. I was looking for tuition on the doubtful joys of Pitman shorthand - a skill more usually taught to the girls who pursued 'secretarial courses' at the time.

I was ushered into the pristine parlour and soon a decidedly elderly member of the congregation arrived - Sister Columba.

Having explained my plight as a rookie reporter on the 'Tuam Herald' she said she would do the needful.

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