From The Vaults



Further to the Religious Sisters of Charity getting ‘sole ownership’ of the new National Maternity Hospital.

And the online petition, against the move, that has gained more than 75,000 names…

And the Sisters of Charity basing their decision not to pay redress to the Magdalene survivors based on the findings of the McAleese Report…

Readers may wish to recall the following reported by Conor Ryan and Clare O”Sullivan, in the Irish Examiner, back in February 2013…

The Sisters of Charity made €63m in sell-offs during the boom of which €45m came from the 2001 deal for land around its former laundry in Donnybrook, Dublin.

Last year, the Religious Sisters of Charity, who amassed a €233m property portfolio, said they could not afford to release €3m it promised to put into a trust fund for the victims of institutional child abuse.

The order blamed the decision to reduce its cash offer by 60% on the poor property market.

In 2009, when they supplied details of their assets to the Government, it had financial interests of €33m and sold €63m of property in 10 years. The order said it needed to set aside €38.6m to care for its 264 sisters.

Substantial assets, but no more cash for redress (Irish Examiner, February 2013)

Pic: Gloucester Street Magdalenes via Limerick Museum

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30 thoughts on “From The Vaults

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Check the friday papers page there’s a link at the bottom of the comments section.

    2. Christy Nolan

      There is also a collection/donation to get a full page ad in one of the National papers.

  1. Scundered

    Amazing how something with “charity” in it’s name is allowed to accumulate massive amounts of money. That’s just not very charitable, forever playing the poor card.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Did some work for the nuns years ago – trying to extract (a) an agreement to pay for the goods / services and (b) the payment itself was an absolute nightmare. What I learned later from experienced folk who fared better was that you need to talk the holy talk with them if ye want to do business with them. Jaysus.

      1. Scundered

        I reckon I could handle that if you mean shouting JESUS CHRIST and a few FOR GOD’S SAKEs down the phone at them?

      2. Anne

        What, like for the love n honour of jaaazus, give us me fuppin’ money ye bunch a twisted hags?

  2. Christy Nolan

    They ruined my two sisters lives and are now rewarded by the Irish government using my taxes.
    A National disgrace and a kick in the teeth to my disbelieving siblings.

  3. Daisy Chainsaw

    That picture is stomach churning. The nuns displaying their “fallen women” slaves with a guard of dishonor in case any of the slaves tried to run away. I’m surprised hobbling wasn’t part of the regime.

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        Probably a Marian or Corpus Christi procession, back when that was a thing. I remember being brought on a couple of them when I was young, having to hold out a ribbon on a banner while marching and getting given out to when we wanted to swap arms.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          You know what? You’re probably right. Look at the shrine to Jesus in front of the shed thing in the background. Corpus Christi, I’d say.
          Luckily, I was never dragged along to anything like that.

          1. Sheik Yahbouti

            I was, I sang as instructed, I danced as instructed – I did all the things I was threatened and cajoled into doing. I became fourteen years old – 5′ 11″ and well built, couldn’t be physically compelled . NO further attendance at any of this nonsense.

      2. Sheik Yahbouti

        Is someone suggesting that a cordon of ‘good strong nGardai’, escorting a troupe of alleged ‘virgins’ in a religious parade is a bad thing?? Good grief, what has this country come to?

  4. Sheik Yahbouti

    Just for the avoidance of error. Most rational people are against the handing over of publicly owned assets to ANY private organisation – whether religious or not – so the people who allege “Church bashing” are way off the mark. This theft of public assets has been ongoing for many years. Time for (urgent) change. When a tiny country, of approximately 4.50 million people can be called ‘Treasure Island ‘ by Vulture funds it is long past time to call a halt.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Much obliged for that info, Justin, even though it leaves me more depressed than ever. Time for the Irish people to burn off the leeches (temporal and religious) who have sucked the life out of them over the decades.

      1. Sheik Yahbouti

        A frankly Rude and Abrupt war, Scundered. I’m up for that!!! Uncivility all around – let’s go for it!! :-D

        1. Sheik Yahbouti

          PS. I don’t mind being “uncaring” or even “hurtful”, that’s the kind of badass I am! :-)

  5. Cappo

    As a man in my 70s I would urge all of you younger posters to sign the objection this bonkers plan. Its an insult to all the Irish women, past, present and in the future. Religion has no place in medical care or education in Ireland. If anyone needs religion go to whatever church of your choosing, but keep away from medical care and education.

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