Tuesday 27 June 2017

Jerome Reilly: State ignored homes' pleas for help

Nun looked for help for underpaid staff left to look after too many children

POWER: Tanaiste Brendan Corish, left, and Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave pictured in 1976
POWER: Tanaiste Brendan Corish, left, and Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave pictured in 1976
The letter written by Sr Gertrude Connolly in 1976.
Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

THE State's wilful abandonment of children in care – relying on nuns to look after the most vulnerable while ignoring pleas for money to properly run residential homes – is laid bare in private unpublished documents seen by the Sunday Independent.

And they paint a vivid picture of underpaid staff battling to provide care for too many children.

The devastating critique and denunciation of the State's abject failure to protect children in care dates back to September 1976 and was compiled by a Presentation nun, Sr Gertrude Connolly, on behalf of the Religious Managers of Children's Homes.

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