Just finishing reading The Irish Gulag, by Bruce Arnold, ‘How the State Betrayed its Innocent Children’.
It’s an analysis of a system that was established at the time of the foundation of the State whereby children were incarcerated in religious run institutions.
These institutions were funded and regulated by the State. The children were then starved, beaten, deprived of an adequate basic education and abused by their carers until their release.
What is telling is that this system of incarceration, and money making scheme for religious orders, was only brought to a halt as a condition of the Irish State’s application for membership of the European Community.
What is also completely depressing, and explained in detail in the book, is the fact that the State is continuing to collude with the religious to cover up the extent of the experience of thousands and thousands of Irish citizens, therby blocking the administration of justice.
I’ve attached a photo of the Artane Industrial School as I grew up just beside ‘Artane’ as it was known then. It was operating as an industrial school up to the early ’70s. Also see Mannix Flynn’s review.