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Irish Gulag Paperback – 1 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717146146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717146147
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BRUCE ARNOLD is a distinguished political correspondent. His previous publications include Concise History of Irish Art and works on Jack Yeats and Sir William Orpen and biographical studies of Charles Haughey and Jack Lynch

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My Wife was raised in an Industrial School in the Irish Republic and was put there (illegally), by the State, at the age of eighteen months (she was illegitimate) and kept there until age 16.
I always knew she had a 'bad' childhood in what was, in effect, a prison but did not realise how awful it really was.

A harrowing story of the Irish State and Religious Communities' utter inhumanity towards the children put in their care and the subsequent attempts by the Irish Government to frustrate any investigations into what went on.

I have sent copies to two of her friends who were incacerated like her. They were delighted with them.
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Read this book two years ago - it is a shocking enditement of the Irish Republic and the Catholic Church. The true extent of the collusion between Church and State shocked me beyond belief, and the realisation that is collusion continues in many ways today in the inability of the Government to admit the truth and help the victims will disguist and enrage all readers.

The Irish Independent rightly says each citizen of Ireland should read this, it will forever change your view of Ireland, its Politics and its disturbing history.
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Love is maybe not the word when detailing the frightful punishments meted out to Ireland's children who were mostly only doing what children do. Much like the suffering of the children of the poor in Victorian England.
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HASH(0x9e2a0e28) out of 5 stars Crushed and damaged children whose destruction was paid for by the Irish government. 7 Jun. 2015
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Astounding and probably the most comprehensive book written about how the thousands and thousands of the children of Ireland were abused physically and mentally by their own republican government and most especially by the Catholic Church. It covers the situation from it's inception in the 19th century and to its expansion into massive cruelty in the 20th.

Seems it must be right on the money given the difficulty one has in getting one's hands on a copy of this very important book. Look at those used book prices and you have to wonder if the Church has been busily buying up reasonably priced copies as soon as they hit the market.

The solution of course would be for the publisher to reissue the book and to supply it to the English speaking world at a fair price. It should not be allowed to be hidden away because that is the pattern of the massive cover up of gross child abuse that went on in Ireland.

The book covers the history of institutions in Ireland and tangentially the UK and shows how what Charles Dickens wrote about was minor in nature to what Ireland did to that system that was reformed in England and Wales but instead was made all the more horrible in Ireland especially after it achieved well deserved independence. Physical and sexual and mental abuse were all that thousands and thousands of innocent Irish children came to know. Sadism reigned and this history of the entire story which is not anecdotal in nature must be preserved somehow in order to prevent this ever happening again and sadly it could especially in third world countries as many religious orders are moving in on them.
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HASH(0x9e8e9948) out of 5 stars Sad piece of Irish history 21 Jun. 2010
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Not enough is known about these tragedies in Ireland. The Church has too many skeletons in those closets!
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By Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a tough read but important one. The violent and predatory acts detailed against the children are very difficult to read, but the subject is relevant to the present situation of the Church and needs to be told. Loudly. To all.
HASH(0x9f23d840) out of 5 stars Facts Are Chiels That Winna Ding. 25 Jan. 2015
By seansouth - Published on Amazon.com
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Well,well !What an expose of the most corrupt Church and country in the world.Sadly,there are those who will deny,deflect and sweep (like the Nazis and the holocaust) BUT" facts are chiels that winna' ding."
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