Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of prosecuting and holding the elderly Clerics accountable. But true justice before the Irish Courts have a moral purpose that goes beyond black-and-white legal responsibility. These trials, before the Irish Courts would be considered symbolically important, a way to show the Irish public that the Irish legal system that struggled for decades to hold Clerics and the Irish Catholic Church accountable can finally bring them all to justice. “It is better late than never.” Another view I hold is the Clerics, Judges and Politicians are all from the same social background, and the same schools, the old boy network, if you wish, and in a small country like Ireland, this informal system that these men use and misuse through their positions of influence to help each other who went to the same school or university as they did, all share a similar social background. So friends at school, talk as grown men to older friends now sitting as their Judges that now stand before them.
I argued that anyone who served in the Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries or Industrial Schools in Ireland should be held responsible because they had been part of a brutal illegal system operating within the the death mills of these religious institutions. if you were working in the Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries or Industrial Schools in Ireland, that makes you an accessory to murder because your job was to facilitate the killing of human beings, that would be an incredible legal breakthrough, with no clemency till the facts and truth are legally established. It’s about accountability, there must be clear accountability for the senseless death and brutalisation of children and women of the Clerical reign, running riot in the Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools in Ireland. By Owen Felix O'Neill
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017