Launching the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Report yesterday were, from left: Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman

Saying clearly just who was to blame
Is not how our state plays the game
So this impropriety
Was due to society
Having old fashioned concepts of shame

John Moynes

RollijngNews

15 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

    1. GiggidyGoo

      I couldn’t believe my ears, looking a BBC 1 last evening, and Michilin using the ‘we’ word as to where the responsibility lies – ‘we’ as in the Irish population in general. No doubt that clip will be now in the worldwide media.
      Up there with Enda Kenny and his ‘We all partied’ phrase, trying to divert away from another glorified section of society’s reponsibilities.

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      1. Bitnboxy

        FFS you deranged loon GiggidyGoo. Stop using your obsessions to try and hijack a profound national tragedy. It demeans what these women went through.

        I told you to tinkle off back under your slimy rock.

        I meant it.

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        1. millie bobby brownie

          I don’t know now Bitnboxy. I think Giggidy has a point, tbf.

          The CC are absolutely the villains of this piece but society was complicit in the atrocities that took place in the mother and baby homes. Who spoke out against them at the time? No one.

          That said, MM should have had the balls to come out and condemn the church for their crimes, but he didn’t, which is a typical soft-touch response from FF, who worked hand-in-hand with the CC and allowed this to happen under their governance. So by coming out with this ‘we’ nonsense, he’s shifting the blame from the two institutions with the most blame onto all of us, onto a society that, as I said, were complicit, while refusing to directly condemn the Catholic Church or the dirty past of his own party.

          He’s a limp handshake of a politician.

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          1. ReproBertie

            “The CC are absolutely the villains of this piece but society was complicit in the atrocities that took place in the mother and baby homes. Who spoke out against them at the time? No one.”

            When the Ryan report came out and the papers were full of stories of the abuse there was one story that stuck in my mind. In a nutshell, a boy was sent to the local shop to buy canes and the shopkeeper knew they were going to be used to beat the children so he broke every cane he had and told the boy to go back and say he had none. The story stuck with me because it hammered home that people knew what was going on but kept the head down and said nothing.

          2. GiggidyGoo

            Ta Millie.
            I think it’s disgraceful of any leader of a country to try gloss over this and divert blame away from those institutions as much as this. More so, in the case of FF, who let the clergy off with Millions in compensation in a nice cosy deal.

  1. Bitnboxy

    Lots of the great “Ca-ha-liks” out deflecting and diminishing: from David Quinn at the one-man Iona “Institute” to Michael Kelly through to the cuddly folks at Grift (Youth Defence) Media waffling about the brutality and coldness of Irish society at the time.

    The populace didn’t pick it up from nowhere, now did they?! This very shame and othering had been preached from every Roman and Reformed pulpit for generations?

    So spare me all the mendacious Quinnsplaining please.

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