Wednesday 7 December 2016

Compassion and truth are absent

Published 18/09/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- Kudos to Mary Raftery, and all involved in making the eye-opening and heart-wrenching RTE documentary series Behind the Walls.

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I, too, have noted modern Ireland's similarity to Dickensian times when it comes to human rights, dignity and compassion.

Since 2009 I have watched system after system failing my elderly mother, averting their gaze from elder abuse. Her sole caregiver isolated her from her remaining children, grand-children and friends -- those who loved her and wanted to spend time with her. Instead, her last years were spent in complete isolation, cut off by phone, even physically when family visited unannounced, visits disallowed.

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