Mena Bean Ui Chribin comes out swinging.
Observe, from the Indo.
"Yesterday, in a statement issued to the Irish Independent, Mena Bean Ui Chribin (81) said the State should not seek "to scapegoat" a private citizen to "deflect blame" in the case. "I did not provide any financial assistance whatsoever to pursue or maintain any legal action in this case.
"Any help I provided at the time to the family involved was given in good faith. I am since shocked to learn of the revelations that have unfolded," she added.
The postmistress also criticised the authorities in her statement.
"I believe that the State authorities must address their shortcomings in this matter and not seek to scapegoat a private citizen in order to deflect blame. In this regard, I am seeking legal advice and I will consider pursuing any or all legal avenues open to me. I will not be making any further statements on this matter."
Ms Bean Ui Chribin, who is involved with religious group Ograchas Naomh Papain in Santry in Dublin, had told health officials that the Roscommon mother needed support and not intrusive action."
Now I don't like the whiff of this old Biddy nor her organisation, but she has a point to a certain degree. This being Ireland, any conflation with the words Catholic and child abuse immediately gets our backs up. Mena, sticking her oar in where it shouldn't have been makes her a convenient pole for our angry lightening strikes.
The real culprit here is the health board who left those children in a morally bankrupt home, where they suffered year after year after year until finally one child, driven to God knows what kind of despair, made another serious claim that could not be ignored, and then the wheels of 'support' began to slowly grind again.
No, it would be very easy to lay the blame on a dislikable woman, but that would be wrong, a distraction, a smoke screen. Like the wizard of Oz the Witch is easy to deal with, the real monster is still behind the screens.
Labels: child abuse.