The reality of life for thousands of women and infants in Ireland - so far removed from the image of comely maidens dancing at the crossroads, and all the children of the nation being cherished equally.
This wasn't something that the British inflicted on us. This is something that powerful Irish people did to the powerless. Now that it's too late, Ireland is up in arms at the mother and baby homes. But when it mattered, when lives could have been saved and torment prevented, who spoke out or took a stand?
A so-called Christian country devoid of compassion and charity, where successive blind eyes were turned to the most heinous acts. The Catholic Church is first and foremost to blame for the unspeakable evils inflicted on women and girls as young as 12 - not over a handful of years, but over half a century.
Next in the dock stands the state which funded, inspected and licensed these abusive institutions.
It's guilty of collusion and cover-up of colossal proportions. Last week's mother and baby homes report revealed that 15% of children incarcerated in these clerical concentration camps - 9,000 precious girls and boys - died.
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