Re: The Deaths of Children in Care in Ireland
Originally Posted by C Flower
None. Children are a real nuisance in this country - and have been since the foundation of the State. It used to be the State and the Religious Orders destroying the lives of children now it's the State and the HSE who are carrying on the destruction.
FACT, Many children who were placed into Residential Institutes were never heard of again, they never came home. It was as if they had been spirited away, vanished from the face of the earth & this indeed is most odd as it states in the "KENNEDY REPORT" published in 1970 that 238 children absconded from these hell-holes over a period of 19 years & were never traced or found at all - not even by their families or friends , this is in itself most strange as the majority of these Residential Institutes were so remote that it beggars belief how small children could escape, remain at large & ultimately never be discovered !!!
Part of the Children's Act 1908 - 1947 states:
"Any child that absconds & is still at large for six days, means a report must be made to the local Garda station, Education Department, School Inspectorate & a copy of this report must be kept by each of the above mentioned. The Institute where the child has absconded from must also keep a record".
Needless to say most of the missing files relating to the Institutions cover the period investigated by the Child Abuse Commission. What a Surprise !
That said, I have seen official Gardai reports relating to my time as a child 'guest' of the State, now these reports didn't relate to any absconding on my part - and I absconded 23 times (recaptured 22 times) nor did they relate to any incidents, and there were many (none of a criminal nature on my part I must add) while I was 'out on licence' - NO - these Garda reports (officially stamped) actually referred to the super-human efforts the Gardai made in pursuing (yes PURSUING) my father to gather 2/6 (a half a crown) every week towards his contribution to the Religious Order which was 'taking care' of me. Over 13 years they were able to gather £62 and 15 shillings.
So it comes as no surprise to me that the State is still being careless with our children ... actually I am a bit surprised because of all the Government Ministers I've met since the Ryan Report Barry Andrews is the one that really impressed me !
I think it's time we redefined (or defined) the family in the Constitution - to add uncles, aunts, grandparents, & siblings as primary carers along with Parent/s. I think care should be given to the blood relatives and only allow primary care to the State/HSE if none of those options are available / viable.
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