Simone aged 8 By Patricia Devlin A WOMAN left for dead in a sickening sex attack when she was just eight years-old has broken her silence for the first time. Brave Simone Cunnane from Newry, Co Down, has waived her right to anonymity to tell the Sunday World: "I know the identity of the stranger … Continue reading ‘I know I am not the only one he has raped’ – woman left for dead after horror attack at 8 years old breaks silence
By Patricia Devlin A SHELVED report which revealed concerns nuns falsified the deaths of babies before selling them to parents in the USA was seen by two Ministers, a former HSE chief has claimed. Former Children and Family Services assistant director Phil Garland says the explosive 2012 report was passed to then Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Health … Continue reading Irish nuns sold ‘dead’ babies to America
LAST month I got speaking to two very brave brothers who decided to share their desperately sad story of how their father brainwashed them against their own mother. JP and Brendan Byrne, both from Dublin, are the only authors in Ireland (that I am aware of) who have tackled parental alienation in this way. Their story … Continue reading ‘Brainwashed into believing our mother abandoned us for 18 years’
By Patricia Devlin WHEN Terri Harrison discovered her period was late in February 1973, she knew she had to leave Catholic Ireland. “The plan was if I discovered I wasn't pregnant I'd have a ball for about a month and then come home,” said Terri. “If I was then to hell with everyone else, I wasn't … Continue reading ‘You are holding your baby and you are being told you are a filthy, selfish whore’
By Patricia Devlin This month I spoke to a number of survivors of Ireland's horrific mother and baby institutions. One of those was David Kinsella, a Dublin man who was born in the notorious St Patrick's facility on the Navan Road. The 58 year-old's story is incredibly heartbreaking. Set aside the abuse he suffered from the very day … Continue reading Child number 1629 – David’s story
By Patricia Devlin WHEN Francis Timmons held his dying mother's hand, he felt like the luckiest man on earth. For not many children who survived the horrors of the 1970's Irish care system were as fortunate to be with their mothers. "To be beside her when she was dying and to hold her hand...I was … Continue reading Branded a fallen woman, but Mary was just another victim of Catholic Ireland.