Sunday 11 December 2016

Christine's brave decision to talk about the abuse she suffered as a child made Ireland a better place

Published 12/03/2014 | 02:30

Christine Buckley, with Sam Shepard, after receiving her Doctorate of Law from Trinity College in 2012. Photo: Collins
Christine Buckley, with Sam Shepard, after receiving her Doctorate of Law from Trinity College in 2012. Photo: Collins

Once in a generation a person comes along who singlehandedly forces significant and fundamental societal change.

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Courageous child abuse campaigner Christine Buckley, who passed away yesterday at the age of 67 after losing a long battle with cancer, has her name firmly counted as one of these game changers.

A hugely important figure in modern Ireland, Christine told a lot of hard truths and used her own horrific story not for personal gain but to give a voice to the thousands who suffered silently and brutally for years in our industrial schools.

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