Bethany survivors proud of Dublin

I want to pay tribute to Dublin City Council, for backing the Bethany Survivors’ Group, and for saying that the State should apologise to, and compensate, Bethany victims.

Dublin City Council has made me proud of the city where I was born. There are no words to describe what such support means to people like me, and to others who are from the Bethany Home.

The Bethany Home is an institution which the State has now forgotten for the past 15 years. While I was born into very deprived circumstances, such support makes people like me feel a little better.

It is profoundly regrettable that survivors continue to be denied a memorial, even though one was recommended by the Ryan Commission.

I look forward to the day when this memorial becomes a reality.

Unfortunately, though, it is inescapable that if the Bethany Survivors’ Group waits for the State to erect a memorial to all who suffered and died in the Bethany Home, it will never happen. Accordingly, I am proud to be able to announce that Bethany survivors, and friends of the group, will be holding a ceremony at Mount Jerome Cemetery, in April, 2014, and unveiling a memorial for the 222 children who died in Bethany. As of now, their graves are unmarked and unrecognised. This event has been made possible by friends and survivors, and fundraising for this project is ongoing. The kindness of those who have donated recognises the injustice of the State to the victims; both the living and the dead and all survivors.

Derek Leinster

Southey Road

Rugby

England

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