You'd hear the younger ones screaming during the night, the twelve and thirteen year olds. There was a night watchman who used to patrol the dormitories with an ash plant on his shoulder. You'd see him constantly bringing down that stick onto a boy in a bed with his full force, about five or six times. There were an awful lot of priests and brothers there in my time. The priests were unimpeachable, they beat the boys with complete impunity. No one ever interfered.

Location: Ireland

The Ryan Report I hold fast to the view that there must be no more deals, secret or otherwise done between Religious orders and the Government of Ireland without indepth consultation with people who were abused while in the care of religious orders or the state.

Friday, May 14, 1999

I want the skin pulled off this pudding.

Voices In The House

I want the skin pulled off this pudding.

- The then minister for education, Donough O'Malley, to a member of the Kennedy committee established to examine the State's industrial schools in 1968.

In their work, they (the committee) received little assistance. The behaviour of many managers and officials has been described to me as at best silently obstructive.

- The Minister for Education, Mr Martin.

The committee's impression of Daingean reformatory school was of a dismal place which should be closed as soon as possible.

- Mr Martin.

© The Irish Times


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