February 01, 2006

'Victim' to tell court about nightmare of abuse with nuns

Irish Independent

Brian McDonald

DETAILS of horrific abuse at an industrial school run by nuns in Connemara are expected to be unveiled to the High Court this week.

A woman in her 60s is set to outline a nightmare life of beatings, sexual assault, false imprisonment and deprivation of even the most basic care from the time she was just an infant.

The woman is suing the Mercy Order, the archdiocese of Tuam, the State and the Ministers for Justice, Education and Health in the personal injuries case which has been in the pipeline for the past seven years.

A full defence has been lodged by the defendants, who are denying the woman's claims.

The plaintiff alleges that more than 30 years after she left St Joseph's Industrial School in Clifden, she becomes rigid with fear when she recalls her childhood.

Posted by kshaw at February 1, 2006 11:51 AM