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Memorial will say sorry for church abuse

PLANS are underway to construct a memorial to abuse victims at Dublin's historic Garden of Remembrance. The Commissioners of Public Works has sought permission for a commemoration to the victims of institutional abuse.

The Herald understands that an application has been lodged.

The Parnell Square site is to be fitted out with a new landscaped civic area.

The garden, which was visited by Queen Elizabeth last year, commemorates those who died in the pursuit of Irish freedom.

But the new installation will be a tribute to children who suffered at the hands of religious orders.

In a planning application to Dublin City Council, the Commissioners of Public Works has sought approval for a covered walkway connecting a new hard and soft landscaped civic area at the western end of the site.

The new civic space will incorporate seating, water installations, feature lighting and sculptured elements.

In addition, a gated opening is to be made in the railings along Parnell Square West to access the memorial.

The site is located on the western end where there is currently a densely planted mound behind the Children of Lir statue sloping steeply towards Parnell Square West.

One of the recommendations of the Ryan Report on institutional abuse was that the State should create a memorial to the victims.

If permission is granted, an apology will read: "On behalf of the State and of all the citizens of the State, the Government wishes to make a sincere and long overdue apology to the victims of childhood abuse for our collective failure to intervene, to detect their pain, to come to their rescue."

The details were revealed in a planning report submitted as part of the application.

The council is due to make a decision on the application in December.