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Government seeking to deny any state responsibility for abuse at Bethany Home – Ellis

10 December, 2013 - by Dessie Ellis TD


Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis TD has stated that the Government is seeking to deny any state responsibility for the abuse perpetrated at Bethany Home.

Deputy Ellis was speaking in the Dáil tonight in support of a Sinn Féin Private Members Motion which calls for a state apology and redress for the survivors of Bethany Home.

His comments were made with reference to an amendment which the government attached to the motion.

Deputy Ellis said:

“The amendment seeks to deny any state responsibility for clear abuse perpetrated in Bethany Home despite clear evidence that the government of the day were aware and did little or nothing to stop it.

“It cannot be stated lough enough – Bethany Home was not simply a mother and baby home and any effort by government to portray it as such is deeply dishonest.

“It is simply untrue for any government minister to come in here and paint a picture of this institution as a place where women simply went to have babies – we know and they know it.

“This is not the sin of this government. But if you deny these people that salve of recognition then you do begin to bear some responsibility as you capitulate with the state in protecting itself from the truth of its own crimes and failures.

“This would be especially wrong if it were motivated by a desire to avoid having to pay any redress.

“Justice delayed is justice denied.”

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