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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2010
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2011
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2013
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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