The pervasiveness of The Irish Time’s propaganda, sadly with an article appearing in Saturday’s Irish Times, dated October 27th. By Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish historian, and university lecturer;- Nuns’ side of story needs to be heard-Silence and selective recounting of history reinforces caricature of ‘bad nuns’ Mr. Ferriter, continues, “Just what is the nuns’ story?” he asks his readers. Mr. Ferriter, continues, “we have not got enough sense of the perspective of the religious sisters involved in running institutions, including the mother-and-baby homes, back in the spotlight again following the decision to excavate the site of the Tuam home”. Maybe he is just stupid, or Irish Times journalist was being somewhat disingenuous as well as cynical, that’s possible. You see the Nuns, The Bons Secours Sisters who ran the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam in County Galway, had already told their story through their public relations Person. Terry Prone. The high profile Irish PR representative responded with the following, an exact email:
Bon SecoursYour letter was sent on to me by the Provincial of the Irish Bon Secours congregation with instructions that I should help you. I’m not sure how I can. Let me explain.When the “O My God – mass grave in West of Ireland” broke in an English-owned paper (the Mail) it surprised the hell out of everybody, not least the Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland, none of whom had ever worked in Tuam and most of whom had never heard of it. If you come here, you’ll find no mass grave, no evidence that children were ever so buried, and a local police force casting their eyes to heaven and saying “Yeah, a few bones were found – but this was an area where Famine victims were buried.
So?”Several international TV stations have aborted their plans to make documentaries, because essentially all that can be said is “Ireland in the first half of the twentieth century was a moralistic, inward-looking, anti-feminist country of exagerrated religiousity.”Which most of us knew already.The overwhelming majority of the surviving Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland are over eighty. The handful (literally) still in active ministry are in their seventies. None of them is an historian or sociologist or theologian and so wouldn’t have the competence to be good on your programme.
If you’d like me to point you at a few reputable historians who might be good, I’ll certainly do that.
Terry Prone (Ms)
The Communications Clinic”
So Mr. Ferriter, as can be seen the Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland, did respond in 2014, through their hired PR Firm, The Communications Clinic” headed by its co-owner, Ms.Terry Prone. The Bons Secours Sisters choose to lie, by taken on a well known PR Firm to do their lying for them. The Nuns who ran the Mother and Baby Home seem to have conveniently developed a disease called “collective amnesia”.
The Bon Secours Sister had said that they were unawareness of any grave “in the area” of their Mother and Baby Home. In spite of the fact that they sold all their lands in Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home, to property developers, all except the enclosed plot of land in which they hid their lies and horrors, from the world. The plot of land which held their wicked and horrendous secrets, the Septic Tank with its disposal of 796 rejected babies and children. All 796 rejected babies and children were from 1925 to 1961..and not from the Great Famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1849. The Home was originally built in 1841 as a Workhouse, the Workhouse opened in 1846. Between 1925 and 1961 the Bon Secours Sister took over and ran the Workhouse as a Mother and Baby Home, where thousands of unmarried pregnant women gave birth. The Septic Tank was not built until the mid Victorian era of 1880.
A 1947 report by an Official Inspector who visited Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home, says- some of the children were suffering from malnutrition, -12 out of 31 infants examined were described as being "emaciated and not thriving". It also says that the Home was overcrowded, with 271 children and 61 mothers living there. Death rates were extraordinarily high:
34 per cent of children died in the home in 1943;
25 per cent died in 1944;
23 per cent died in 1945;
27 per cent died in 1946.
The Official Report goes on to state "The death rate amongst infants was high... The death rate had appeared to be on the decrease but has now begun to rise again. It is time to enquire into the possible cause before the death rate mounts higher." The slanted report went on to say, "the care given to infants in the Home is good, the Sisters are careful and attentive; diets are excellent. It is not here that we must look for cause of the death rate”.
Considering that The Bon Secours Sisters were paid for each mother and each child in the home, the County Council paid the Nuns £1 per person, mother and child, a week. (Average female earnings in 1949 were £2.97/week. Which was a very large amount of money at that time). So an inflation rate of 5.29% per year means £1 in 1945 is worth £41.02 in 2018. ... In other words, £1 in 1943 is equivalent in purchasing power to £41.02 in 2018, that was huge money in 1943. In addition most of the women were sent directly to nearby Magdalene Laundries after giving birth, forced to work as unpaid slaves, as punishment for their perceived recidivism.
The Bon Secours Sisters also made money from Child trafficking, according to the Irish Examiner on 3 June 2015, which published -Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home. "A large archive of photographs, documentation and correspondence relating to children sent for illegal adoption to the USA”. We now know that most of the vulnerable children were sold for $3,000 to $5,000 per child…The other rejected children who didn’t make it were allowed to starve and die, and as we sadly know were flushed into the Septic Tank, in Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home. The Bon Secour Sisters made at the time from selling over 1,000 babies and children in America;- $3 Million to $5 Million dollars, so let’s say the year 1945 and to adjust for inflation, the $3 million in 1945 is equal to $41,548,988.76 in 2018. And Adjusted for inflation, $5 million in 1945 is equal to $69,248,314.61 in 2018.
Also;- Two Senior Irish Police Officers on the 6th. of June, 2014, were appointed to lead a "fact-finding" mission. They were asked to gather all surviving records and to carry out preliminary tests on the suspected mass grave. The Irish Police (Gardaí) concluded--“There was no Criminal Investigation as yet because there was No Evidence of a Crime”. In spite of the fact that 796 discarded and rejected Babies and Children are now known to be disposed of into a Septic Tank, belonging to the Bon Secour Sisters in their Mother and Baby Home in Tuam. And maybe another 1,800 other women and children in the immediate area of the Septic Tank, buried under the Children’s nearby Playground.
On 3rd. of March, 2017, the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation announced that human remains had been found during a test excavation carried out between November 2016 and February 2017 at the site of Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home. Forensic Tests conducted on many of the remains indicated they had been aged between 35 foetal weeks and 2–3 years. The announcement confirmed that the deceased died during the period of time that the property was used by the Mother and Baby Home, not from an earlier period, as most of the bodies dated from the 1920s to the 1950s. The remains were found in an "underground structure divided into 20 chambers”, (Septic Tank). The Commission said "it had not yet determined what the purpose of this structure was but it appeared to be a Sewage Tank.
So the newspaper of record, The Irish Times, uses the Cult’s propaganda to influence individuals’ attitudes and actions and to cultivate public support for their idea of a benevolent Cult, the Irish Catholic Church. Just so we know, Mr. Hitler and Goebbels did not invent Propaganda. The word itself was coined by the Roman Catholic Church to describe its efforts to discredit Protestant Teachings in the 1600s. Please let us remember, that The Irish Catholic Cult were notable for making propaganda a key element of their total control, over all levers of power, particularly the Irish Press, by appointing all its editors. The Irish Catholic Cult were able to penetrate virtually every form of Irish Media, from newspapers, film, radio, television, posters, books, and rallies to museum exhibits and school textbooks, with The Irish Catholic Cult propaganda. Whether or not propaganda was truthful or tasteful was irrelevant to the Cult. Yes Mr. Ferriter, we did hear from both The Bon Secours Sisters and The Irish Catholic Cult, we heard them loud and clear for over 100 years. Regrettable fact, that 10s of thousands of rejected babies, children, women, were flushed, dumped into the many Septic Tanks, Mass Grave Pits in all the 17 Magdalene Laundries, Dozens of Mother and Baby Homes and the 127 Industrial Schools and Orphanages of Ireland, Mr. Ferriter, let us ask them, in the Septic Tank, ha, but unfortunately we can’t, but I can answer, I was 18 years in these Religious Run Institutions. I lost my entire family in these Religious Run Institutions, my Mother, Brothers, and my Sisters, as have thousands of fellow Survivors, who are still alive today, please Mr. Ferriter, just ask them, about their Brother, Sisters, and Mothers, disposed of into the Septic Tanks, Mass Pits in the Religious Run Institutions. Please Mr. Ferriter, as a historian, a human being, a family man, stop carrying the Propaganda for the Cult, hold them accountable. Owen Felix O’Neill