Thursday 22 February 2018

Bethany group welcome help

Sir -- Eric Conway's offensive letter of December 19 asserted that an ill-defined group called the "liberal/feminist commentariat" were, amongst other things, "quite sanguine/blase over Bethany House", where I was resident from 1941-45.

Inadequacies in the treatment of women and children in the Bethany Home have been raised by the following TDs and senators: Ivana Bacik, Joe Costello, Michael Kennedy, Paul Keogh, Tom Kitt, Kathleen Lynch, David Norris, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Fergus O'Dowd, and Aengus O Snodaigh. When Niall Meehan of Griffith College released details of 40 graves of Bethany children in Mount Jerome Cemetery Dublin in May and a total of 219 in September 2010, the issue was comprehensively covered in newspapers, and on radio and television, north and south.

Two daily newspapers editorialised on the subject.

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