What about the forgotten infants?

The refusal of the various congregations of nuns not to partake in compensation towards the Magdalene women is somewhat a statement of guilt in itself.

hat they put the survivors through in the laundries bears an emotional scar that won’t heal but religious acknowledgement of wrongs and participation in compensation does soothe the wounds.

Also, what is not going to go away is the forgotten infants of similar institutions run by nuns. The majority of babies being there for four years while our birth mothers had to work to bear their keep and board, prior to their infants being adopted, sometimes in the midst of the night.

While Enda Kenny gave a heartfelt apology and focus for redress and compensation, I would like to see a similar apology and redress, like that of the Australian government, given to us forgotten infants by Enda Kenny and the nuns. I am sure our Pope would not hesitate to say it is needed to bring all faiths, young and old, back to their church.

David Kinsella


Dublin 22

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