David Quinn: Gilmore is using this referendum to step up his war on the churches
EAMON Gilmore just couldn't help himself. During the launch on Wednesday of the Labour campaign in support of the children's rights' referendum, he couldn't resist taking a pop at the churches.
Deploring the attitudes of the past, he attacked "the way in which the State over those decades (following Independence) kowtowed to churches in respect of the care of children, to the detriment of children."
This was an obvious reference to the industrial schools but he said it on the same day that a report was published detailing the abuse of children as recently as last year in St Patrick's Institution for Young Offenders. Was the church responsible for that?