Where Is The Redress?


From left: George Kennedy, John Boland, David Phayer, Thomas Hogan and a man who did not wish to be identified by name

This afternoon.

Department of Education, Dublin 2.

A group of men who were sexually abused as children by a teacher at Creagh Lane primary school in Limerick protest outside the Dáil, over the State’s ongoing failure to grant them the redress they are due.

Via RTÉ:

Today is the fifth time in recent years that the ‘Creagh Lane men’, as they are known, have travelled from Limerick to Dublin to try to draw attention to their situation through protest.

A State redress scheme was established for survivors of abuse in national schools, after the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the Louise O’Keeffe case that the State did share liability for their abuse.

But the Creagh Lane men are among what is believed to be hundreds excluded by the scheme’s narrow interpretation of the European court ruling.

A year ago, the Government accepted a former judge’s finding that that the conditions of that scheme were “inherently illogical”, “fundamentally unfair” to applicants, and should be changed.

…Responding to the judge’s conclusions in the Dáil last year, the then minister for education Joe McHugh promised “action not words”. He established a second review.

But there has been no offer made to the Creagh Lane men and others.

Sex abuse survivors protest over redress scheme (RTÉ)


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4 thoughts on “Where Is The Redress?

  1. White Dove

    Disgraceful. Give these men the justice they deserve while they are still around to benefit from it. .

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      That’s why it’s being dragged out for so long, hoping the victims of state and church abuse will all die off before they get compensation.

  2. Ragamuffin

    Theres a good summary on BBC website https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53765654

    ‘Following the publication of the ex-judge’s review in July 2019, the then Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar apologised to all day schools abuse victims. He said the government would consider the possible re-opening of the ex gratia scheme, but needed “time to get that right”. The then leader of the opposition Micheál Martin accused the government of “cruelness” towards victims. Since then, there has been a global health emergency; a change of government and Micheál Martin is now taoiseach. But day schools survivors are still waiting for redress… John Boland is confident the new taoiseach, Mr Martin will help, given his previous support for their campaign.”We do believe he will sort this out,” John says. “We’re living in hope.”‘


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