Abuse commission told nun ‘vilified’ Questions remain unanswered.

Sr Xavieria Lally of the Goldenbridge industrial school in Dublin, had been “demonised and vilified” over the past decade, with this “accepted in the public domain as fact”, Sr Helena O’Donoghue of the Sisters of Mercy told the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse yesterday.

The nuns’ denials that children in the industrial school were “abused in a horrific way” had been “almost completely ignored”, she said.

Sr O’Donoghue, provincial leader of the south central province of the Sisters of Mercy congregation, was giving evidence to the commission’s investigation committee, which held a public hearing on St Vincent’s industrial school, Goldenbridge, yesterday. Proceedings on the school go into private session from Friday, until April 27th.

Sr O’Donoghue noted that,despite Garda investigation of complaints made after the 1996 Dear Daughter programme on Goldenbridge was broadcast, no criminal charges were brought.

The allegations of child abuse there “was a source of deep shock to us”, she said, and led to the congregation’s first apology in February 1996, for pain and hurt suffered. The congregation apologised again in May 2004.

“I reiterate those apologies. There were many aspects of Goldenbridge we deeply regret, but there were some serious, extraordinary allegations, especially as regards Sr Xavieria, which we do not, we cannot accept as correct – allegations of extreme physical punishment, starvation, malnourishment, or any child dead due to mistreatment,” she said.

Sr O’Donoghue was concerned such allegations appeared to have been accepted by the court of public opinion without any apparent examination.

From the 1940s there were 185 children at the school at any one time, with a staff ratio of one to every 30+ children round the clock. There was no training in childcare and the capitation system made it financially difficult. The regimental style with which the school was run emphasised conformity and relied on corporal punishment to maintain discipline. Sr O’Donoghue deeply regretted in particular the use of such punishment on children with bed-wetting problems.

She recalled the “particular bitterness of some former residents” where the practice of making rosary beads was concerned. Between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays, the children had to assemble 60 decades each, a quota which was to be completed after tea if not done before. She was unable to say whether the children were punished if they did not meet their quota.

She recalled there had been a small number of sex-abuse complaints, with just one definite. It concerned a groundsman who was complained of by one of the girls in 1962. The gardaí were informed by Sr Xavieria. The man was prosecuted and dismissed from his job.

Prior to Dear Daughter the congregation employed a childcare expert to look at complaints who, following preliminary investigation, found them “broadly credible”. It had also found that the regime (at Goldenbridge) was inadequate and did not meet the basic needs of the children.

There was no evidence of any complaints in the school archive, which Sr O’Donoghue said was “minimal” and she could not explain why there were no punishment books extant there, despite legislation prescribing these should be kept.

Inspectorate reports from the Department of Education, as discovered from Department files, were “consistently positive” from 1945, she said.

Senior counsel for the former residents John Rogers failed to secure an assurance from Mr Justice Seán Ryan that they would have a guaranteed opportunity to challenge Sr O’Donoghue’s comments on the allegations in the third phase of these proceedings.

Nor was he allowed introduce details from the 1996 report commissioned by the Sisters of Mercy, though it was agreed Sr O’Donoghue might be asked whether she accepted the report. She said she did, within its limitations.


New Year’s Message To The World 🌎

There is so much negativity in the world at the moment, we have wars and starvation, inflation, poverty and isolation, we have lost loved ones, we have murders, we have unspeakable crimes against innocent vulnerable children and adults, we have global warming, we have changes in our planet, the world is experiencing a lot of undue suffering, torture and torment.

Nearly everyone we meet will have a negative thing to say because there is very few positive things to talk about, however, you will notice that a lot of people in life will always talk negatively about everything, watch this person because there is every chance that you are in the company of evil who are out to destroy any hope of a better future, they want to put fear in us, and they want us to spread the negative word because they don’t want the light of God to shine through the darkness and bring a glimmer of hope to the world 🌎

When a tragedy happens in the world you will hear the negative people say where is God now and how come God let this happen, well the truth is that the evil people who spreads the negative word is trying to brainwash you into believing that there is no God, this is the mission of the negative people, they are working with the devil in a bid for people to destroy the world, drain every bit of hope that there is for a better future for generations to come.

The devil has many disguises and his followers are causing tragedies in the world and then they question us about God, they blame God for their handmade acts of evil against humanity.

I have lived a few Life’s in the one life and I can tell you that there is a God and there is a devil, as sure as we have a day and a night we also have a heaven and hell, and at the end of life on this earth we are played back our actions in this life and those actions will determine if you go to heaven or to hell.

Negative People who are on the mission to destroy the word of God are using you in spreading the word of negativity and it is causing confusion and leaving people feeling hopeless and lost but it doesn’t have to be that way, people can change their negativity and become people who spread the word of God, the word of God is the words of love and peace, joy and happiness, forgiveness and acceptance that nobody is perfect and people can change, negativity can be turned into positivity and we can all spread the word of God and make the world a better place for everyone.

Here are two examples of negative people;

Negative people look out at the rain and say what a horrible day, and they will say that it’s going to rain all day, a positive person will say, it’s raining a bit but God is good and the sun will be shining before we know it.

Negative people will say that the war in Ukraine is going to get worse, and positive people will say pray for Putin to come to his senses and stop this war. The war in Ukraine is nothing to do with God, it’s to do with the Devil who gained the respect of Putin and Putin is doing the work of the devil.

If you watch the true story of Anne Frank in 1941 to 1945 holocaust where Nazi Germany and it’s collaborators systematically murdered six million Jewish people, you will see that Putin is repeating what Hitler did to the Jewish people across German Occupied Europe, it is evil and it is disgusting.

Spread the word of God and pray for the evil people that they may change their evil ways and become good people who spread the word of God.

See the good in people and if you see no good pray for them and encourage them to change their ways, people shouldn’t be quick to judge people, people should give people the benefit of the doubt otherwise we are judging people and we have no right to judge anyone.

Be kind to those who try to hurt you and your actions will either help them to change their ways or it will torment them that you are being nice to them when you shouldn’t be, and in their torment they might surrender to their wrong ways and they might become better people who are out to do good things and not negative about everything which only brings further suffering in the world 🌎

Happy New Year 🎊