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Bethany Homes decision unjust and cynical: McDonald

23 July, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Responding to the Government's decision not to introduce a redress scheme for Bethany Home survivors, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described the announcement as deeply unjust and cynical.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“There is a wealth of evidence in the public domain proving state culpability in the neglect and harm of children residing in Bethany Home.

"Bethany survivors were unjustly excluded from the Residential Institution’s Redress Scheme by the previous government on a false pretext. It is simply wrong of Fine Gael and Labour Minister's to perpetuate this wrong.

The decision is deeply unjust and cynical and its announcement after the Dáil has gone into its summer recess makes it even more so.

"Bethany was a children’s home, as well as a Mother & Baby Home, and it shared all the harsh and brutal characteristics of the Industrial Schools and Magdalene Laundries.

"Some 219 Bethany children, who died between 1922 and 1949, are buried in unmarked graves in Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin.

"Government must revisit this decision." ENDS 

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