Wednesday 21 February 2018

Speak truth to power and banish abuse from society

Oscar Wilde says no man is rich enough to buy back his past. Some cannot resist the temptation. And I would do the same if I could buy back the part of my past during which I failed to make an RTE film about the Irish gulags of the Magdalene Laundries.

The last Magdalene Laundry closed in 1996. By that time all of us born before 1966 were over 30 years old. Old enough for our children to ask: Why did you stay silent? Why did you not speak truth to power?

How could those of us working in the media not know what was going on in the industrial schools and Magdalene Laundries? And if we did know, why did we not do something about it? Let me start with what we knew.

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