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Abuse survivors to protest against redress fund

Survivors Who Stand Together claim that they are being treated like “beggars”.
Feb 25th 2014, 10:13 AM 4,750 16

A GROUP OF survivors of institutional abuse are to protest against a redress fund that they feel is not independent.

Survivors Who Stand Together claim that they are being treated like “beggars” when it comes to claiming compensation from the Caranua fund.

“There are many issues survivors have since the Redress agreement and these issues were never listened to,” a statement from the group said.

“We survivors are taking it upon ourselves to take urgent action as we believe we are all being treated as mental patients and not survivors of abuse.

“We strongly believe we are the real majority of survivors and we feel we have been treated wrongly for far too long as to no voice in our healing, our justice and our welfare. Enough is enough.”

The group says that Education Minister Ruairí Quinn had “failed” to deliver his own commitments.

“Minister Quinn in the Ryan Report said he could help our children our children\’s children and their children and has failed those words most miserably as the youngest children have been excluded from all funding.

“They have seen absolutely no funds whatsoever.”

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