Here are some quotes from the evidence given by the Sisters of Mercy to the Commission of Inquiry.
Fintan O’Toole points out in theIrish Times, that for some reason, the Sisters of Mercy will have control of the national children’s hospital even though it will be built and staffed at State expense.
I wrote about it HERE and speculated on some possible reasons why Bertie Ahern chose to favour his former employers so lavishly.
Look at the attitude of the Sisters of Mercy
Helena O Donoghue, who was the lead negotiator in securing the indemnity deal from Michael Woods made the following comments:
Corporal punishment which was of the very severe and very cruel nature is denied by the Sisters who are accused of.
I said very clearly that we were not in a position to accept as factually correct the allegations of serious physical abuse or injury to any child.
we have seen and believe that there is ample evidence to say that the Institution [Goldenbridge] was a reasonably effective and caring institution, according to the standards of the time.
We certainly accept that corporal punishment was part and parcel of the life and was routine. We don’t know and can’t be definite about it, but that it may not have been reserved to the Manager only. But we do not accept that there was punishment that would have led to any kind of serious, or that was serious and caused injury.
Children in Goldenbridge were forced to make rosary beads which the nuns sold at a profit. if they failed to reach their quota, the nuns beat the children. In the opinion of Helena O’Donoghue this was a pleasant activity to while away the time, which was enjoyed by the children and often done to music from the radio.
The woman is deluded.
Another Mercy nun, Sr Breege O’Neill, gave evidence to the Commission that Corporal punishment was routine … But … we say that there has not been established that there was: –
(a) Serious or extreme violence, whether leading to children’s deaths or not
(b) Daily unjustified physical abuse.
In the Commission’s own words:
Speaking for the Congregation on the more specific issue of whether abuse occurred in their schools, Sr Breege O’Neill in her evidence during the Emergence hearings said that individual Sisters – wouldn’t accept the more serious allegations that have been made against them.
Sr Breege stated that the records available to the Congregation did not provide any evidence of ongoing systematic physical … abuse of children.
Clearly, these people are not fit to run an abattoir, never mind a children’s hospital, and especially not a national children’s hospital paid for by all the citizens of this State, Catholic and otherwise.
I’ll ask you again: why is a private organisation with a history of abuse, which is still in denial about its actions being given such a role in our country?
Why would you put a Satanist organisation in charge of our children’s hospital?