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Ongoing refusal to offer redress Bethany Home survivors 'beyond explanation - Denise Mitchell TD

11 January, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on children and youth affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said that it is beyond explanation as to why the current and former governments continue to refuse redress to the few remaining survivors of Bethany Home.

Deputy Mitchell said; 

"Derek Leinster, and Victor Stevenson, who passed away in 2016 and others, have spent much of their lives fearlessly championing the hundreds of children who died in Bethany Home, in the most dreadful of circumstances, under the State's watch. 

"If it were not for the campaigning work of the survivors these children would not even have been acknowledged by the State. The identification of additional Bethany children buried at Mount Jerome is heart-breaking but not surprising. Niall Meehan is to be commended for the years of research he has undertaken into Bethany Home. 

"Those who did survive Bethany have been left mentally and physically scarred by their horrific experiences in the home. This Government, like the last, has a moral duty to acknowledge the State's failure to protect the survivors as children and in turn to now support them in their later years. 

"The Second Interim Report by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation stated its view that the survivors of Bethany Home have a strong case for redress and that both the Departments of Education and Health should re-examine the decision to deny Bethany survivors this redress. 

"The Government must do the right thing and extend redress to the survivors of Bethany Home."

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