Yesterday's Irish Times described how 196 young people died while in the "care" of the State between 2000 and 2010, according to a report by the Independent Child Death Review Group.
112 were said to have died of "non natural" causes; though it is not clear how the remaining 84 deaths - given the age cohort - could be described as "natural". But Ireland is a strange place.
Given this country's sorry history
with regard to the protection of children and young people, we shouldn't be
overly surprised. Remember the industrial schools? The Magdalene laundries? Remember the state schools,
overwhelmingly run by the Catholic Church, where sexual abuse of children was
Our rotten "republic", whose
founders were perhaps the most conservative revolutionaries ever, has
failed the majority of its citizens since its sorry foundation... though most
of those citiziens might not be aware of the fact: cowed, clueless, stupid and
unquestioning as they are.
Those whom the state has failed
most however, are the the most voiceless, disadvantaged and marginalised. They
have been more or less been left to their own devices since 1922... until, of course,
the time comes for the authorities to place them in "care" or in
They constitute a grim reality that
Official Ireland, and its many vocal and self-interested lobby groups
championing their own various rackets, refuses to recognise.
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