Michael O’Brien I’ve Never Seen A Man This Brave In All My Life
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[Michael O’Brien I’ve Never Seen A Man This Brave In All My Life]
[Michael O’Brien (Resident Of St Joseph’s Industrial School In Clonme):] Source: LYBIO.net
Mr Chairman, I am surprised at the Minister now. First of all Minister you made a bags of it in the beginning by changing the judges. You made a complete bags of it at that time because I went to the Laffoy Commission and ye had seven barristers there questioning me, telling me that I was telling lies when I told them that I got raped of a Saturday, got an merciful beating after it and he then came along the following morning and put Holy Communion in my mouth. You don’t know what happened there . You haven’t the foggiest. You’re talking through your hat there, and you are talking to a Fianna Fáil man, and a former councillor and a former mayor that worked tooth and nail for the party that you are talking about now. You didn’t do it right. You got it wrong. Admit it and apologise for doing that because you don’t know what I feel inside me. You don’t know the hurt I have.
You said it was non-adversarial. My God, seven barristers throwing questions at us non-stop. I attempted to commit suicide, [turning to his wife] there’s the woman who saved me from committing suicide on my way down from Dublin after spending five days at the commission – five days I spent at the commission. They brought a man over from Rome – 90 odd years of age – to tell me I was telling lies and that I wasn’t beaten for an hour non-stop by two of them – by two of them – from head to toe without a shred of cloth on my body. My God, Minister.
[Speaking to Leo Varadkar]
Can I speak to you and ask your leader to stop making a political football out of this. You hurt us when you do that. You tear the shreds from inside our body. For God’s sake, try and give us some peace, try and give us some peace, and not continue hurting us.
[Speaking to his wife] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
That woman will tell you how many times I jump out of bed at night with the sweat pumping out of me because I see these fellows at the end of the bed with their fingers pulling me into the room to rape me, to bugger me and to beat the shite out of me. That’s the way it is, and sometime, you know what, you know what, sometimes, I listen to the leader of Fianna Fáil. I even listened to the apology. It was mealy-mouthed but at least it was an apology. At least it was an apology. The Rosminians said in the report that they were easy on us. The first day I went there, the first day I went to – the first day I went to the Rosminians in my home which is Ferryhouse in Clonmel, the only home I know, he said you’re in it for the money. We didn’t want money. We didn’t want money. We wanted someone to stand up and say ‘yes these fellows were buggered, these people were robbed’.
Little girls, my daughter sorry – my sister, a month old when she was put into an institution, eight of us from the one family were dragged by the ISPCC cruelty man, put into two cars and brought to the court in Clonmel. [We were] left standing there without food or anything and the fellow in the long black frock and white collar came along and he put us into a van – not a van – a scut-truck – I don’t know what you call it now – a scut-truck and landed us below with 200 other boys.
Two nights later I was raped. How can anyone, you’re talking about the Constitution, these people would gladly say yes to a Constitution to freeze the funds of the religious orders. This State, this country of ours will say yes to that Constitution if you have to change it.
Don’t say you can’t change it. You are the Government of this State. You run this State. So, for God’s sake, stop mealy-mouthing because I am sick of it. I am sick of it. You are turning me away from voting Fianna Fáil, which I have done from the day I could vote.
Because and you know me and you know me Minister and you have met me on several occasions, so you know what I am like. Remember Wexford?
Thank you Michael for your – [applause] Tom Hayes of the Alliance Victim Support Group. Tom?
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