Sunday 25 February 2018

Spare a thought for abuse victims

Madam – Florence Horsman-Hogan's eulogy (Sunday Independent, March 10, 2013), to "my good friend Sr Maura Lally" who died in January is at best nihilistic and at worst laborious for hundreds of survivors/victims of Goldenbridge Industrial School who suffered so cruelly at the hands of Sr Maura Lally, better known as Sr Xaveria.

Ms Horsman-Hogan's experience in an institution in the west of Ireland run by the Sisters of Mercy was brief in comparison to many of us and thankfully a happy one. And so it was for a number of children incarcerated in institutions

According to Ms Horsman-Hogan, Sr Xaveria described her time in Goldenbridge as one of "hard work, blood, sweat and tears". Ms Horsman-Hogan appears to be totally confused here. Goldenbridge was a regime of slavery, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, starvation, humiliation, deprivation, blood, sweat, tears and much more for the most vulnerable, the children incarcerated there.

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