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March 2008 Archives

Men in black will fight till end to control education

Independent.ie If the Church has its way, the new State schools will still have a Catholic ethos, writes Emer O'Kelly SO THE Roman Catholic Church is to be denied a veto on the appointment of religion teachers in new...
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Jersey's Image Damaged by Sex Abuse Allegations

Belfast Telegraph, 27 March 2008 [ QUOTE: (Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper) "is quick to take on his critics, claiming that without the media attention the majority of alleged victims - whose evidence is vital to the inquiry -...
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Parents must be at centre of debate on religious teaching

Independent.ie SO, you're all agreed. The Catholic Church should not have a veto over who gets to teach the Catholic faith in State-run primary schools. Nor, one presumes, should the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterians, the Pentecostals, the Muslims or...
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JERSEY: Senator Stuart Syvret's Christmas Speech [2007]

[ NOTE: In September 2007 Senator Stuart Syvret was dismissed from his post as Health and Social Services Minister because he alienated most of his colleagues in the Jersey legislature. He had supported social worker Simon Bellwood who was dismissed...
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'Abuse Was Anything From Rape To Torture. It Happened Every Night'

Victims call for house to be demolished as they reveal full scale of horror at Haut de la Garenne by Jonathan Brown and Jerome Taylor in Jersey The Independent (UK) , 27 February 2008 Former residents at a Jersey...
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Two More 'Punishment Cellars' Discovered at Jersey Care Home

David Brown of The Times, 25 March 2008 Two further cellars allegedly used as punishment rooms where children were physically and sexually abused have been discovered at a Jersey care home. Detectives said that a further victim has come...
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Jersey: UK Social Worker Bellwood 'Bullied' by Line Manager

Communitycare.co.uk 12 March 2008 by Maria Ahmed from Jersey [ Social worker Simon Bellwood was dismissed from his job at the Greenfield secure unit on Jersey (NOT the now infamous Haut de la Garenne) following clashes with his manager...
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Inspector Urges Temporary Closure of Child Jail [England]

The Guardian, March 17 2008 by Alan Travis,Home Affairs Editor [ An interesting look at a young offenders centre in the UK today - see how it compares to Artane or Letterfrack as run by the Christian Brothers in...
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JERSEY: Investigation Divides Scandal-Hit Island

Communitycare.co.uk 19 March 2008 writes Maria Ahmed [ QUOTE: The islander questions why 160 witnesses have "come out of the blue" after decades have passed since their alleged abuse, and believes they are "doing it for the compensation". ]...
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JERSEY: Lawyers Seek Former Residents at Haut De La Garenne

Communitycare.co.uk 20 March 2008 by Maria Ahmed [ A team of lawyers is now "appealing for victims to come forward". This is more and more ressembling our Irish witch-hunt. ] People who say they were abused at the former...
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JERSEY: Stop Making Political Capital Out Of Suffering

Letter in Jersey Evening Post, 20 March 2008 from Richard Brocken, Craig Tara, Grande Route de la Cote, St Clement. [ NOTE: The origins of the Jersey witch-hunt lie partly in bitter in-fighting among the 53 elected members of...
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LIMERICK: 'Another Generation of Children Being Lost to Crime, Warns Priest'

Irish Examiner, 14 March 2008 by Jimmy Woulfe [ Look on the bright side. Limerick teenagers today do not suffer from the hypocrisy and repression so well described by Frank McCourt in "Angela's Ashes"! But it seems that the...
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PRIESTS, CELIBACY AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Madam, - Garry O'Sullivan, editor of The Irish Catholic(March 7th) sounds a warning against the blithe acceptance of the notion that removing compulsory celibacy for priests and admitting women to the priesthood would give the Irish Catholic Church new...
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JERSEY: Ministers Deny Secret Bid To Remove Officer

Jersey Evening Post, 18 March 2008 by Ben Qu?r?e REPORTS that ministers held a ?secret meeting? over the Haut de la Garenne inquiry to discuss removing deputy police chief Lenny Harper from the investigation are ?utter nonsense? according to...
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1920: Earliest Date for Skull Fragment

- 1920: Earliest Date for Skull Fragment Jersey Evening Post, 17 March 2008, by Diane Simon THE fragment of a child?s skull found at Haut de la Garenne may date from the 1920s at the earliest. Archaeologists working at...
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Kids Loaned Out For Rape Cruises:

Paedophile Yachtsmen Were Given Children to Abuse At Sea News of the World, 16 March 2008 by Lucy Panton & Philip Whiteside [ The 'News of the World' is no worse than the BBC and The Times, once great...
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A lesson in denial and disingenuousness

Tue, Mar 18, 2008 The church was despised for moral equivocation and for putting loyalty ahead of honesty. Now those same critics are doing the same in relation to Cathal ? Searcaigh, writes Fintan O'Toole. HERE'S THE familiar story....
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Warden appears in court in Jersey

Haut de la Garenne has been converted into a youth hostel The first man to be arrested and charged in connection with abuse allegations at a Jersey children's home has appeared in court. Gordon Wateridge, 76, is charged with...
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CHURCH'S TREATMENT OF SEX-OFFENDING CLERGY

Irish Times Madam, - The Church must also extend compassion to clerical abusers, argues Dr Marie Keenan (Rite and Reason, March 11th). No true Christian would disagree with her. Sex offenders - clerical and otherwise - should not be...
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A Screwdriver Through The Head and a Coach-and-Four Through the Law

[ There were two letters concerning children in the Irish Examiner on Saturday 15 March. The first referred to children's rights, the second to their (and their parents') responsibilities. It is worth pointing out that 15 March was the...
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JERSEY: Abuse Casts Shadow Over Second Island

Sky News March 05, 2008 [ It was inevitable that the 'scandal' would spread. It is typical that the allegations about Guernsey were made for the first time only after the massive publicity about Jersey. ] A former resident...
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Jersey Abuse Scandal: Questions & Answers

Police excavating Haut de la Garenne, a former children's home, may have unearthed more human remains. How did the investigation begin, who is involved and what have the police discovered? David Brown, from Times Online, March 3, 2008 What do...
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?Jersey Abuse Scandal is a Scam? by Rory Conner dated 14th March 2008.

May we refer to the article ?Jersey Abuse Scandal is a Scam? by Rory Conner dated 14th March 2008. We don?t know what it is that Rory Conner does day in and day out, but his conduct in relation to...
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JERSEY ABUSE 'SCANDAL' IS A SCAM

Consider the following: (A) THE SKULL 'Jersey Child Abuse Case' New Statesman, 6 March 2008 by Brian Cathcart .......... Day after day was passing, and what did we know? What appeared to be fragments of a child's skull had...
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WAS JERSEY CARE HOME HEAD A "MONSTER" - 2 VIEWS

[ Who is correct here? Consider this point. 20 years after your death, ANYONE could accuse you of child abuse and who is to prove otherwise? ] (1) Daughter of Jersey Care Home Boss Claims Her 'Monster' Father Subjected...
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JERSEY CHILD MURDER VICTIM?

[ Over 150 people have now made allegations of child abuse in Jersey and the police are searching for up to 7 bodies but this is the first time that we have come close to getting the name of...
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Letter of Mary O'Beirne (sister of Kathy) to editor of The Irish Daily Mail

Letter of Mary O'Beirne (sister of Kathy) to editor of The Irish Daily Mail Dear Sir, On behalf of the O?Beirne family I wish to say thank your newspaper for your part in exposing the hurtful lies and baseless...
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Oh No, Not Another Psychopathic Nun

The Observer, 9 March 2008 by Catherine Bennett [ This is another attack on misery literature - "mis lit" - this time by the very left wing UK Guardian. It is interesting to compare it with the one in...
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JERSEY "SCANDAL" AND GOOD SHEPHERD (SCOTLAND)

[ The Jersey fake scandal is so similar to its Irish counterparts (especially the allegations of child-killing) that it was only a matter of time before the hysteria spread to a Catholic institution. ] Scottish Kids' Home Abuse Probe...
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Nun awarded ?8,500 after college judged her 'out of time'

Independent.ie Lecturer (59) a victim of age discrimination A NUN was awarded ?8,500 compensation for age discrimination after the Labour Court found a Limerick college regarded her as a "a person from another era who was out of her...
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JERSEY: ?Child Abuse? Not When We Were There?

The Guernsey Press, 1 March 2008 Pete Carre, who as a teenager in the 60s spent two years at former children?s home Haut de la Garenne, said the reports of abuse paint a vastly different picture to his experience...
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Jersey Abuse Probe: Specialist Search Ends

Associated Press 6 March 2008 [ The "specialist military team" did not stay on Jersey for very long. Did their quick departure have anything to do with the fact that several supposed 'graves' were fakes that had been created for...
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KATHY'S REAL STORY: DAILY TELEGRAPH REVIEW

A scene from the Magdalene Sisters, which helped fuel fascination with harsh laundries The Daily Telegraph has given far more space to this story than the Irish newspapers - which would have ignored it entirely if Kathy O'Beirne had...
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Priests' forum mooted

PATSY McGARRY Fri, Mar 07, 2008 HOW THE concerns of Catholic priests could best be represented was the subject of a meeting in Maynooth involving the Catholic primate Cardinal Se?n Brady, senior bishops, and chairmen of most of the...
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Casey suspension 'a disgrace' - priest

PATSY MCGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent Fri, Mar 07, 2008 THE CONTINUING suspension by Catholic Church authorities of Bishop Eamon Casey (81) from saying Mass in public has been described as "a disgrace and a scandal" by Fr James Good....
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PRIESTS, CELIBACY AND THE CHURCH

Madam, - A report in your edition of March 23rd says 63 per cent of priests want an end to the vow of celibacy. One in five are said to believe the Pope would never change the rules but...
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Jersey Child Abuse Case

New Statesman, 6 March 2008 by Brian Cathcart [ Quote: "What appeared to be fragments of a child's skull had been dug up at Haut de la Garenne, but Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper kept reminding everyone that the...
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JERSEY "SCANDAL": Facebook Campaign Against Jersey Minister

Senator Frank Walker faces mounting pressure to resign Daily Telegraph, 5 March 2008, by Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter [ This attempt to bring down the Jersey Chief Minister is reminiscent of Pat Rabbitte's bogus claim about Cardinal Cahal Daly...
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The 'Saboteur': Jersey's Minister For Child Welfare Mocks Police Chief Heading Case

Press conference: Deputy chief officer Lenny Harper answers questions The 'Saboteur': Jersey's Minister For Child Welfare Mocks Police Chief Heading Case Daily Mail by David Jones - 5th March 2008 [ FINALLY - A Note of Sanity! "Mr Shenton...
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Decision to preserve school land as playing fields overturned

MARY CAROLAN A HIGH Court judge has overturned as unlawful a local authority decision aimed at preserving 4.5 acres of walled lands adjoining the Presentation Brothers' former secondary school at Glasthule, Co Dublin, for use as playing fields. The...
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JERSEY "SCANDAL": WOMEN ACCUSERS AND ACCUSED

[ It is typical that a woman who received an MBE for her services to the community, should be a target of abuse allegations. Remember the vile accusations in this country against Sister Stanislaus Kennedy and the late Brother...
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Scottish Matron Named as Suspect in Jersey Abuse Scandal

Daily Record, (Scotland) 3 March 2008 by Victoria Ward In Jersey A SCOT who was matron of the Jersey abuse scandal children's home has been named as a suspect. Morag Jordan, who now lives in Kirriemuir, Angus, is one...
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'I Have Known About Jersey Paedophiles for 15 years

'I Have Known About Jersey Paedophiles for 15 years,' Says Award-Winning Journalist [Extract from article] Daily Mail, 2 March 2008 by Eileen Fairweather The award-winning journalist who exposed terrible abuse in Islington children's homes now reveals horrifying links to...
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Jersey 'Graves' Could Just Be TV Props From Bergerac

Timesonline, 4 March, 2008 by David Brown, Jersey [ Now why does this not cause me the slightest surprise? RC ] Signs of burials at a Jersey care home at the centre of investigations into widespread child abuse could...
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No More Human Remains Found At Jersey Home, Say Police

UK Guardian, 3 March 2008 by David Batty, Ian Cobain and agencies [ Apart from the "no further human remains" bit, please note in the following story that "it is thought that shackles found in a cellar last month...
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Staff Defend Jersey Kids Home At Centre Of Police Hunt

Editor Community Care UK I sent this to the Daily Record. It also includes a Comment that appeared on a Timesonline story about Jersey. Every single care worker who ever worked in Jersey is soon going to be the target...
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Jersey Care Home Probe into Dungeon Four

Sunday Mirror, 2 March 2008 by Kate Mansey EXCLUSIVE New horror in torture home [ The story gets crazier and crazier; horrified locals tell of seeing staff drag children across fields late at night and some were never seen...
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Staff Defend Jersey Kids Home At Centre Of Police Hunt

Daily Record (Scotland), Feb 29 2008 by Maggie Barry [ I think this is a "tabloid" so it is interesting that it gives more space to the views of former staff than the BBC or the Times (both London...
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JERSEY 'SCANDAL' Ex-Care Home Workers: 'Nothing To Hide'

[ It is about time that the media reported comments by those they are accusing. ] Sky News, Friday February 29, 2008 A couple who worked at a former Jersey care home at the centre of child abuse allegations...
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