Mairtin MacCormac: In God's name, we suffered abuse in school
Ireland in the Forties was a cruel place but now austerity is making it worse for victims, writes
I will not be too surprised if we end up with half this country suing the other half for physical and psychological damage in State-run or funded schools in the past.
I am not saying we have gone too far in compensating victims of abuse in industrial schools, orphanages or Magdalene Laundries. What I am saying is that we haven't gone half far enough.
I went to national and boarding schools in the Forties and Fifties so I know what I am talking about. I believe the majority of children going to those schools were abused in one way or another. I want to emphasise here that I never saw anyone suffer sexual abuse. What I am talking about is physical and psychological abuse.