Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has demanded an end to Government avoidance of State responsibility in the case of the Bethany Home.
Speaking following her attendance today at an ecumenical service and headstone unveiling ceremony at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Deputy McDonald said;
“Today we mourned the loss of two hundred and twenty two infants and children who died of neglect at the Bethany Home. The ceremony was a sobering reminder. The State, acting on behalf of all Irish citizens, had a duty of care to these children. It failed in that duty.
“These facts are undisputed. While in opposition the government parties recognised this, and made promises. But it took a determined campaign on the part of Bethany survivors and their allies to end the appalling indignity of the burial of these children’s bodies in an unmarked grave.
“For those who survived Bethany Home, the State’s duty is ongoing. The Bethany survivors deserve not only official State recognition, they also deserve an official State apology, and inclusion in the State redress scheme. Yet the Government has flatly and coldly refused them the dignity of recognition, the justice of an apology, and the decency of access to redress. That is totally unacceptable.
“Today’s service has strengthened the survivors’ resolve and they will not rest until they are vindicated.”