Saturday 24 March 2018

Call for Seanad debate on notorious school site

Brian McDonald

A GOVERNMENT senator has called for a Seanad debate on child protection to be held at one of the State's most notorious industrial schools.

Galway-based Green Party Senator Niall O Brolchain formally requested yesterday that a debate take place at Letterfrack in Connemara to commemorate the victims of abuse at St Joseph's Industrial School.

The school was opened in 1887 and run by the Christian Brothers. It attained notoriety following repeated revelations of physical and sexual abuse.

It is estimated that 99 boys died there, until the school closed in the 1970s. Many of the boys were buried in the school's graveyard.

Mr O Brolchain said yesterday: "I have asked the leader of the house to consider having a Seanad debate off-site on Letterfrack to commemorate the victims. Letterfrack and the children who suffered there should not be forgotten."

Irish Independent

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