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The publication of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report affords us the
opportunity to acknowledge the great failings of the Irish State in its past protection of
children placed in its care. It is essential that all steps necessary are taken to
recognise the experiences of the survivors of institutional abuse and to ensure
continued support and solidarity with those who had their childhoods shattered and
lives damaged by these experiences.
In common with all those who joined the March of Solidarity, we fully support the
demands for justice made by the Survivors, and especially their demands for the
establishment of an independently-managed Trust, funded by significant additional
contributions from the Congregations, to continue to make reparation to survivors
and their families.
However, we must act also in the interests of ensuring that the children of today and
tomorrow are respected and protected from abuse and neglect. In the
implementation of the Commission’s recommendations, the Government has an
opportunity to improve the current child protection systems and services to ensure
that the State never again fails children so comprehensively. Both legislative and
systemic reforms are needed if we are to ensure that children in Ireland are
adequately protected and never again left so vulnerable to the horrendous abuse and
neglect suffered by those abandoned in the institutions of the past.
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