Younger visitors won’t remember Eileen Flynn, but I do, and so will many of my fellow crusties.
Eileen Flynn became a rallying point in the Eighties for those of us who believed that the Catholic Church needed to be confronted and if necessary kicked out of the powerful positions it held.
A little history:
Eileen Flynn was a teacher in the Holy Faith Convent school, New Ross, Wexford. This was a school nominally owned by a crowd of nuns, but paid for in every respect by the taxpayer.
Now, Eileen lived with a decent man called Richie Roche, and had a child with him, though Eileen was unmarried and Richie was separated. The holy nuns found this intolerable and duly sacked Eileen for breaching the school’s norms of behaviour.
What a crowd of hypocrites.
At a time when priests up and down the length of the land were raping and abusing children, these holy Christian women were sacking a good teacher for being in a loving and committed relationship.
Eileen took it to an employment appeals tribunal, and then the Circuit Court and finally ended up in the High Court where she lost. But in doing so, Eileen won a different victory, exposing the nuns for the horrible, grasping, hard-hearted, frustrated old bitches they were, and long after Eileen settled into quiet anonymity, the lesson resonated with those of us who were sick and tired of being told what to do by dessicated old mullahs.
Eileen Flynn was a hugely significant figure in the transformation of modern Irish society and I’m sorry she’s gone at such an early age.
Two years after the holy nuns sacked Eileen for having a baby, Father Brendan Smyth, a savage and unrepentant serial child rapist, was arrested, bringing about the collapse of a government in the process and setting in train the seismic political events that still rumble to this day.
Now, you might think that’s all changed and it couldn’t happen today, but you’d be wrong. You see, Bertie Ahern, the slithery little crook, inserted a special clause into our equality legislation exempting religious institutions. This means that schools which are paid for in every way by the taxpayer, but nominally under the management of nuns or priests, can still sack you if they don’t like the way you live. Hospitals can do the same.
The disgrace continues, thanks to a succession of cowardly governments who haven’t the guts to face up to the self-righteous, hypocritical, child-abusing clergy.
Rest in peace, Eileen, and thanks for opening a nation’s eyes.
Unfortunately, the fight isn’t over yet.
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Catholic Bishops and the Irish Education System
Cardinal Error: Brady Gets the Red Hat
What Is Desmond Connell Trying To Keep Secret?
Light and Darkness
Half God, Half Biscuit
The Brothers of Charity: Raping Your Children Since 1883 !!
They just don’t get it, do they?
Oh those feckin old bishops!
Locating a children’s hospital
Oh, the Sisters of Mercy, they are not departed or gone.
The Feast of the Blessed Condescension