Wednesday 21 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Wrongs of mother and baby homes must be put right'

Flowers left at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Flowers left at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

John Lynch ('Nuns deserve appreciation not our denunciation', Letters, April 24) is "weary of hyperbolic denunciations of Catholic homes, Catholic brainwashing and so on".

He can wish all he wants that letter writers such as myself were alive in the dark ages of mother and baby homes. We were not, but we are alive today to ensure the past wrongs are recognised, and living victims are properly compensated.

Mr Lynch puts forward an absurd idea for the “disappearance” of 900 babies and their coffins. As a former undertaker in Ireland, I witnessed this barbaric – and illegal – practice, on a small number of occasions in rural burial grounds.

Infants’ and children’s bodies – more so if they are undernourished – will deteriorate quickly and the coffins used were usually flimsy material such as ceiling boards. The lowest tender got the work.

His final paragraph certainly takes the biscuit. “The nuns, as voluntary celibates, must have thought of them as fallen women who needed to be saved.”

The teachings of Jesus have not changed nor altered in more than 2,000 years; recall his words to those who wished to stone “a fallen woman” to death.

Mr Lynch should realise and accept that what has angered a great number of Christians worldwide has been the continual obfuscation by members of the various religious orders; their refusal to engage with authorities; and the €1.9bn bill they left the taxpayer of Ireland with.

Yes, there were good people in the religious institutes but there were many people also, some frustrated, with the religious life and unable to leave; being mortal human beings, they often took their anger out on those unable to defend themselves.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia

Telling men their place is in the home looks hypocritical

I find Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty’s recent comments regarding fathers staying at home and taking advantage of the Government’s proposed new legislation for parental leave somewhat hypocritical.

I’d be curious to see her and any other woman’s reaction were a male minister to come out to the media and make similar comments about a woman’s so-called place in the home.

In addition, it is simply none of her business how families run their households.

Peter White

Portmarnock, Dublin

FAI board should have looked for a light switch

The FAI board of directors were reportedly in the dark over John Delaney’s €100,000 loan.

You would imagine some bright spark on the board would have been able to think outside the box and turn on a light switch!

Seamus McLoughlin

Keshcarrigan, Co Leitrim

Muslim leaders need to echo message from New Zealand

As ISIL has now claimed responsibility for the Sri Lankan massacre of hundreds of innocent Christians, it is incumbent on Muslim leaders throughout the world to now show the same solidarity with the victims’ relatives as the New Zealand prime minister did with the survivors and families of the 50 murdered Muslim victims of a white, right-wing extremist.

Churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples are places of worship to a higher being. Although agnostic, I believe that pure savagery practised by any party based solely on religion is anti-God/Allah and those who perpetrate such deeds will surely find no place in heaven/paradise, only opprobrium on Earth and (if it exists) eternity in hell.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

Society is biting back at elite by voting for Farage’s party

The more cunning plans are proposed to make sure Nigel Farage’s latest party does not win the European elections, the more doomed are their attempts to do so.

The more they hate them, the more people love them. The more they dismiss as down to ignorance, the more they betray their own wilful ignorance of those they condemn.

The day they acknowledge these correlations and the reasons why, perhaps they will undergo that overdue self-analysis to appreciate that what truly got Britain into its current mess was not the swinish multitudes but those they see in the vanity mirror they’ve fixated on for too long.

Places like the dystopian seaside resort Jaywick less than 150km from London were not creations of chance or the residents’ “poor life choices” (that favourite sneer of the cosmopolitan classes). They’re the creation of societal change imposed by the powerful primarily for their own aggrandisement (financial and egotistical) veneered as progress. Now that society is biting back.

Another Farage victory or Extinction Rebellion urban shutdown may soon be the least of anyone’s worries.

Mark Boyle

Johnstone, Renfrewshire, UK

Irish Independent

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