This week the mainstream media is deathly quiet relative to the magnitude of a story involving the uncovering of a childrens mass grave in Tuam Co.Galway.
A septic tank which contained the remains of 796 children who died mainly of malnutrition and disease, believed to have been brought on by the conditions in which they were forced to live in a home run by one of Irelands countless religious orders for so called ‘illegitimate’ children and their mothers. I cant even begin to describe the disgust I feel towards my own country right now. There is no shock, no reaction. It is almost as if people have already accepted that such things have been perpetrated in the name of that most despicable Catholic doctrine which this nation has embraced. There is talk of raising funds for a memorial, a stone cross, more useless religious iconography to commemorate a fucking holocaust caused by that very same organisation. It is estimated that there are many such graves all over Ireland and that the true number of children who died needlessly could be in the tens of thousands. But that figure alone is enough. Its enough for me to boil with hatred and rage and such a deep sadness for my country. 796 children. Try to say it out loud. We are so saturated with horror and war by media and internet. Try to actually comprehend what that figure means. Especially if you live here in Ireland, and walk on that very soil that may cover thousands more.
This is too much. The industrial schools where boys were beaten and raped and murdered, the Magdelin laundries where women were torn from their families for ridiculous reasons to be used as slaves for the rest of their lives. The homophobic zealotry. The continued power over reproductive choice. The fucking legacy this has left on all of us. No fucking more. Enough is enough.
All I can say is Its time to REACT.