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category dublin | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Thursday February 03, 2011 17:13author by Bethany Survivors - Bethany Survivors Group Report this post to the editors

Home where hundreds died and suffered neglect

See previous stories on this issue:
Bethany Home Children’s Graves discovered
Former residents call for memorial - Wednesday 26th May, 12 noon, at MOUNT JEROME Cemetery
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/96739
From Wicklow to Wakefield - a victim of Protestant prejudice and state neglect
Derek Leinster survived to become a trade union convener, a father and a grandfather
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/92984

New Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, spoke on the Bethany Home today. He was interviewed on RTE’s Morning Ireland, 3 February 2010 by Joe Little, RTE’s religious and social Affairs Corespondent.

LISTEN HERE:
http://www.rte.ie/news/morningireland/player.html?20110...h,257
Some children died of Marasmus, a form of malnutrition - CLICK graphic to read
Some children died of Marasmus, a form of malnutrition - CLICK graphic to read

In 1945, Archbishop Jackson’s predecessor, Dr Barton, recommended Bethany as a place of detention to then Minister for Justice, Gerald Boland. As well as unmarried mothers and their children, Bethany was also a place of detention for women convicted of infanticide, Prostitution and petty theft. Pregnancy out of wedlock (as well as the children born in that state) was considered ‘illegitimate’ at that time. The Bethany Home had a Protestant evangelical ethos, one in which Church of Ireland clergy played a prominent part, on its managing Committee and in referring women to the home.

Over 220 children of unmarried mothers died in the Bethany Home and were buried in unmarked graves in Mount Jerome Cemetery Harold’s Cross, Dublin.

When confronted by internal and external allegations of neglect in 1939 the Deputy Chief Medical Adviser of the Department of Health and Local Government said:

”It is well recognised that illegitimate children are delicate”

The adviser, William Sterling Berry, then forced the home to stop admitting Roman Catholic women and children it was accused of attempting to proselytise – on the basis that that would make the controversy go away. He wanted a level sectarian playing field, under which are buried dead children in unmarked graves.

The former Bethany residents are demanding access to the Irish state’s redress scheme, from which they are excluded. Another related group also excluded are the residents of Magdalene laundries.

See website of Bethany pioneer Derek Leinster:
http://www.derekleinster.com/
Also
Justice for Magdalenes
http://www.magdalenelaundries.com

Further reading:
Church and State and the Bethany Home – download PDF at
http://gcd.academia.edu/NiallMeehan/Papers/277737/Churc..._Home
“Protestants… were left as orphans” – download PDF at
http://gcd.academia.edu/NiallMeehan/Papers/315286/_Prot...hans_

Related Link: http://www.derekleinster.com/

Dublin Arcbishop recommends Bethany as a prison - CLICK to read
Dublin Arcbishop recommends Bethany as a prison - CLICK to read

Former Bethany residents demand acces to state's redress scheme
Former Bethany residents demand acces to state's redress scheme

Derek Leinster, born Bethany 1941, hands letter in to Taoiseach - CLICK to read
Derek Leinster, born Bethany 1941, hands letter in to Taoiseach - CLICK to read

audio Archbisop Dublin interview with Joe Little RTE Morning Ireland 3 Feb 2010 1.73 Mb


 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Statement on Bethany Home, Rathgar, previous Archbishop of Dublin - 15 September 2010     John Bunyan    Thu Feb 03, 2011 18:24 
   RTE and Newstalk cverage of discover of 219 unmarked Bethany graves     Audio Watch    Thu Feb 03, 2011 18:47 
   The Holy See ???     newsmedia    Thu Feb 03, 2011 19:50 
   Wrong Church     Charlese Stuart Parnell    Thu Feb 03, 2011 22:11 


 
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