- 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)
Irish Gulag Paperback – 1 May 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.