The questionable tactics used by Scientology linked rehab firm on Irish drug addicts

Originally published in the Sunday World, 01/04/2018 A controversial drug rehab firm linked to Scientology uses high-pressure sales tactics to get addicts to sign up to its £18,000 detox programme Cult-linked Narconon, who plan to build a €5.6 million rehab centre in a small village in Co Meath, flew two staff members to Dublin within days of … Continue reading The questionable tactics used by Scientology linked rehab firm on Irish drug addicts

‘I worked on vital negotiations that I believe have changed Ireland forever, and for good’ Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness 1950 - 2017 News broke shortly after 7am today that Martin McGuinness, former IRA leader turned peacemaker, had passed away. The 66-year-old Irish republican died after a short illness in Derry’s Altnagelvin hospital surrounded by his family. He had a rare genetic disease caused by deposits of abnormal protein – amyloid – in … Continue reading ‘I worked on vital negotiations that I believe have changed Ireland forever, and for good’ Martin McGuinness

Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?

It's been a week now since I contacted Gardai to ask for a response to allegations that the only sketch of a suspect in the brutal, unsolved murder of RTE set designer Charles Self has 'went missing' from detective files. I was told by the press office that my query had been passed to the investigating … Continue reading Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?

Irish nuns sold ‘dead’ babies to America

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

‘Brainwashed into believing our mother abandoned us for 18 years’

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’

Abused, raped and forced to give birth at 12 years-old

ABUSED at the age of two, gang raped by eight and giving birth to twins at 12. This is the horrific story of a Dublin woman who was the victim of an Irish paedophile ring - which included her grandfather, dad and uncles. Today Anne, not her real name, speaks about the endless years of … Continue reading Abused, raped and forced to give birth at 12 years-old

‘You are holding your baby and you are being told you are a filthy, selfish whore’

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’

Child number 1629 – David’s story

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

Branded a fallen woman, but Mary was just another victim of Catholic Ireland.

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.