Ireland's Child Care Institutions during the 20th. Century. Fo'T: The most vivid and passionate stories - banished babies, cruel orphanages, old abuses of power - have concerned things that went unnoticed, or at least unarticulated, at the time. News has often had to be redefined, not as the latest sensation but as that which everybody knew all along yet could not say.

Monday, September 12, 2005


Financial Matters

  1. States of Fear revealed that the State paid half of an agricultural labourer's wage for each child in the industrial schools. Was all of this money expended in the management of the industrial schools? - If it was, why were the children kept in a state of semi-starvation?
  2. If the funding was not expended in the management of the schools what was it used for?
  3. Some female inmates of the industrial schools graduated to the Magdalene laundries. What happened to the considerable profits of the laundries?
  4. Did the industrial schools or any of the other institutions make a financial gain from the child labour carried out in the institutions or away from the institutions?
  5. How much were the members of the religious orders paid and from what funds were their wages paid?
  6. How were the other institutions funded and was there any impropriety in their financial management?
  7. When officials of the Department of Finance requested to see the books and financial records of the industrial schools, what reply did they receive?
  8. Were such matters followed up?

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