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We can’t let the next generation forget the cruelty and neglect children suffered

March 23, 2015
 
When the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse began its work, hundreds of adults who had grown up in the care of the State gave evidence about their experiences in the residential institutions.A horrifying story began to emerge, as witness after witness gave consistent, compelling accounts of emotional and physical abuse, sexual abuse, cruelty and neglect.
 
The witnesses spoke on the understanding that the records of their testimony would be destroyed when the final report was published. Many of them had never spoken before about their experiences and some had never told anybody, even wives and husbands, about what they had endured.
 
Some still carried immense shame and were afraid that their histories could be accessed inappropriately.
 
Following the publication of the Ryan Report in 2009, Irish people were shocked, saddened and outraged by what the children had endured.
 
Yet many people were not altogether surprised: this had happened in plain sight.
 
Irish society had been passively complicit with the horrors that were taking place.
 
A terrible culture of deference to the Catholic Church and State authorities had ensured their silence. The brave few who had tried to speak out were annihilated. This is why we believe at One in Four that it is imperative that the personal narratives of the survivors should not be destroyed.
 
While the Ryan Report will stand as an authoritative description of what happened, and contemporaneous media reports and documentaries will still exist, they cannot replace the intensity of the direct, explicit accounts of the survivors.
 
The documents will be placed in the National Archive and will be closed for 75 years. This seems to me to be a good compromise.
 
It ensures that when everybody involved is long dead, a new generation of researchers will have access to the truth of one of the darkest episodes of 20th Century Ireland.
 
It will help generations to come to understand the real nature of Irish society then, and will ensure that the appalling history of our cruelty and indifference to the most vulnerable children can never be forgotten.
 
This article was published in the Irish Independent March 23rd 2015

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Women’s Mini Marathon for One in Four

February 26, 2015

 

The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is the biggest all women's event of its kind in the world. Since 1983, nearly 780,000 women have entered the event.

It will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st June 2015.

Key Facts
Start Time: 2pm (we'll all be meeting at the One In Four offices beforehand)
Participants in their zone areas by 1.30pm 
Distance:10 kilometres
Entry will open on 11th February 2015
Closing date Friday 17th April 2015 (or earlier depending on numbers)

We would love for you to join the One In Four team running the women's mini marathon, and help us raise badly needed funds for survivors of sexual abuse.

You can register here: Online Entry

And then please let us know you've entered so we can send you a t-shirt and sponsorship details.

 

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Children’s Rights Alliance Welcomes Appointment of New Ombudsman for Children

February 4, 2015

The Children’s Rights Alliance today welcomed the appointment Dr Niall Muldoon as Ireland’s second Ombudsman for Children. The Ombudsman for Children was recruited through the Public Appointments Commission with children involved every step of the way.

Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance said today that:

“Under the ten-year tenure of Emily Logan, the Ombudsman for Children has become an important vehicle for delivering legal and social change for children. As the former Director of Investigations, Dr Muldoon will be in a great position to hit the ground running and ensure that the Office continues its vital work.

Dr Muldoon will be the second children’s ombudsman since the office was established in 2004. We hope that under his leadership the office of the Ombudsman for Children will build on its success over the past decade and work to create a culture of children’s rights. The key challenge for the Office is to bring about systematic change particularly at administrative level where critical decisions about children’s lives are made every day.

The Children’s Rights Alliance wishes Dr Muldoon well and looks forward to working with him in his new role.”

One In Four are proud to be members of the Children's Rights Alliance.

For press inquiries, contact Julie Ahern at the Children’s Rights Alliance on 01 662 9400 or mobile: 087 653 1069.

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Live At The Grand Social…for One In Four and Depaul

February 4, 2015

 

This is a charity gig you can't miss...

The UBand (with Special Guest Don O'Connor) supported by UnderCover.
Music, Food, Drinks and Craic!

Live at The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1

Thursday 5th March
Doors open 7.30pm, Show 8.15pm

Tickets €15 with all profits going to the amazing charities One In Four Ireland and Depaul.

 

YOU CAN BUY TICKETS HERE or by contacting Simon on 01 662 4070 or simon@oneinfour.ie

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A Poem For The New Year

January 5, 2015
I don't know about you, but I'm finding it hard to be back at work. Even though I love my job and I'm surrounded by amazing people it can be hard after the Christmas and New Year break.
 
So to get myself motivated this morning I went and read through the writings of some of One In Four's clients.
 
I found a poem, and I thought I would share it with you in the hope that it might brighten up a gloomy January day for you too.
 
I cannot say I know what you are going through
 
Honestly, I do not know, I have not a clue
 
But what I do know is life moves on
 
And with every bit of pain you become strong
 
Our lives are lived perpetually in hope
 
Dry your tears and you will soon cope
 
I promise there is a light at the end of this road
 
That will ease your mind and nourish your soul
 
So leave your hurt and fears on the floor
 
And thank God for One In Four
 
 
I hope you have a happy and healthy 2015.
 
All the best,
Simon.
 

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