Monday 24 July 2017

Saluting the legacy of a brave doctor

The extraordinary story of Dr Paddy Randles, who died last week, reminds us of the importance of whistleblowers

Dr Paddy Randles: He did the right thing at great cost to himself
Dr Paddy Randles: He did the right thing at great cost to himself
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

When Dr Paddy Randles's nephew rang me last week to tell me his uncle had died, it took me a second, and then it all came back to me, the extraordinary story of Dr Paddy Randles.

Despite being psychologically abused as a child at the hands of Christian Brothers, leaving him somewhat lacking in confidence, Paddy Randles would grow up to become a doctor. Those who knew him would also describe a man who was a bit of a rebel, a man who questioned things, who didn't just accept the status quo, a man who spent much of his life engaged in a quiet revolution.

Working in England as a young doctor, Paddy Randles noticed something unusual about the children of the middle classes and the upper classes there. At least, it was unusual to him. These children were different to the kind of children Paddy Randles was used to in Ireland.

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