Call for investigation into Limerick mother and baby homes

first_imgAdvertisement A LOCAL Republican Sinn Fein (RSF) activist is calling for the Good Shepherd convent and other institutions in the city where the Catholic Church were involved, to be investigated in light of the recent mother and baby home scandal in Tuam.Sean O’Neill maintains that the latest revelations represent yet another harrowing aspect of the relationship between Church and State in post Civil War Ireland. The Limerick RSF activist insists that all the other institutions where the Catholic Church were involved in State policy must also be examined.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Good Shepherd institution opened on Clare Street in 1848. Now home to Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD), it served as a Magdalene Laundry for over a century. Mr O’Neill feels the role of the nuns at the convent must now be probed.“In Limerick, the Good Shepherd nuns ran an industrial school and a laundry where young children were incarcerated until they reached 16 years. The laundry was a commercial undertaking using child labour and the conditions seemed to be prison like,” Mr O’Neill claims.He went on to say that young girls at the Good Shepherd Convent were marched along the streets of Limerick on various outings to the city like “prisoners being paraded”.“There seemed to be no concern for their dignity or privacy and the name the Good Shepherd struck fear into the hearts of many Limerick boys and girls who were threatened with the place by their parents. The spectre of the Good Shepherd was used to frighten their children such was the reputation of the institution in Limerick,” he said. Email Print Facebook WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img NewsLocal NewsCall for investigation into Limerick mother and baby homesBy Alan Jacques – June 19, 2014 2349 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMarx Brothers set to take to screen in People’s ParkNext articleConclave Games attracts international participants Alan Jacques WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSGood Shepherd conventlimerickRepublican Sinn FeinSean O’Neill last_img

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