Exhume bodies from Seán Ross Abbey – Cllr Martin Browne

“Seán Ross Abbey has to be added next to the list of homes for enquiry. An excavation and exhumation process must now be begun; each human so casually buried in unmarked grave should be recorded and treated with respect.”

After hearing of reports of small bones being ploughed up in the 1980s Cllr Martin Browne of Sinn Féin has called for exhumation and respectful re-interment of young children buried in a mass grave in Seán Ross Abbey, Roscrea.

John Collins (Son of Teresa), Billy Watson (Father of Teresa) and Teresa Collins.

Cllr Browne said: “With the discovery of proof that 796 young children and babies had died and were buried unmarked in a septic tank in Tuam, our attention naturally turns to similar homes in our own locality. The Bons Secours Mother and Baby home in Tuam was only one such home, that operated in an uncaring Ireland to effectively imprison and stigmatise women who became pregnant without being married.”

“This went on for 4 decades, and in many parts of the country. In Roscrea, a similar home was the Seán Ross Abbey. It operated for about the same period of time as the Tuam home.”

“We like to think that bad things only happen in other places, and that the place down the road from us is just fine. It seems that may not be the case in Seán Ross Abbey in Roscrea.”

Margaret Rigney (Sister in law) and Teresa Collins

“Yesterday Teresa Collins of Portroe visited the home for the first time in 53 years since she was taken from there as a baby. Her family had to pay £100 in 1963 to secure the release of Teresa and her birth-Mother.”

“After several years of effort, and despite the efforts of the Nuns in the home, Teresa has made successful contact with her father in the last year, and the two of them went to the home together on Sunday 12th.”

“While there, Council worker Mike Donovan revealed that he had worked at the home in the 1980’s. When working in what is now the children burial ground, he said that the tractor he was operating ploughed up many bones, small bones, and the job they were engaged in was called off. The whole area is now changed, and this work was carried out by another contractor in the 1990s. The layout of the area in question is  now very different to the 1980s. There are two other areas on the grounds where there as yet unsubstantiated suggestions of unrecorded and mass burial of babies and children.”

“Seán Ross Abbey has to be added next to the list of homes for enquiry. An excavation and exhumation process must now be begun; each human so casually buried in unmarked grave should be recorded and treated with respect.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada in Tipperary

2016-11-21

Sinn MEP Liadh Ní Riada was in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Friday to meet the River Shannon Protection Alliance group along with Cllr Séamie Morris. Liadh heard first hand from people who have been affected by the lowering water levels on Lough Derg among many other issues. Liadh agrees that Lough Derg is vital for the tourism prospects in the region for the future and as an economic asset for the Mid West region.

Irish Water’s preferred proposition at present is to use water from Lough Derg via a major pipe construction to supply Dublin and surrounding areas.

Irish Water have begun a public consultation process that will last until Feb 14th 2017. Councillor Morris is calling on people who feel strongly about this issue to contact him, get involved in local campaign groups, or lodge their own submission.

We already have problems arising in the Irish mushroom sector, because of the significant weakening of Sterling against the Euro over recent weeks, with plants closing down, as a result of Brexit concerns.”

Brexit is an all-island issue. So, I expect MEPs from all over Ireland to support the setting up of a Brexit working group for agriculture.

In my opinion farming and food in Tipperary are the industries that have most to lose from Brexit.”

Liadh is also concerned about rural Tipperary, A European Commission report into the Cumulative Effects of Trade Agreements which was published today proved again that deals like CETA & TTIP will have devastating consequences for agriculture.

Now Irish MEPs (Fine Gael, in particular) have a choice to make in advance of the European Parliament vote on CETA, due to take place in December.

They can either support Irish farmers or they can support regressive trade deals such as CETA & TTIP, but they can’t support both.

ENDS

2015-06-19: Cllr Séamie Morris (Sinn Féin), MEP Liadh Ní Riada (Sinn Féin) and Declan Collisson (Shannon Protection Alliance) outside The Lake Café.

Toireasa Ferris visits Tipperary, laments failure to achieve vision of 1916 Proclamation

2016-01-25

Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris attended the

2016-01-24: Cllr David Doran, Cllr Toireasa Ferris (Kerry) and Cllr Séamie Morris (Sinn Féin Tipperary general election candidate)
2016-01-24: Cllr David Doran, Cllr Toireasa Ferris (Kerry) and Cllr Séamie Morris (Sinn Féin Tipperary general election candidate)

annual commemoration of 4 Irish citizens executed in 1922 in Roscrea, Sunday. The all-county event, had Carrick-on-Suir Republican flute band providing marching music, and attendance from every Sinn Féin cumann in Tipperary.

Guest speaker was Cllr Toireasa Ferris of Kerry, daughter of Martin Ferris TD. She addressed her oration in recognition of those executed in Roscrea, to a comparison between their sacrifice and attitudes common in Ireland today.

Referencing the execution of the 4 men during the Irish Civil War, Cllr Ferris said, “The

2016-01-24: Cllr Toireasa Ferris (Sinn Féin Ciarraí) delivers the oration. Pictured also is Cllr Carol Nola, North Tipperary.
2016-01-24: Cllr Toireasa Ferris (Sinn Féin Ciarraí) delivers the oration. Pictured also is Cllr Carol Nola, North Tipperary.

saddest part of any nation’s history is when the people themselves turn on one another. The aspect of our Nation’s history I find most difficult to read are the accounts of what happened during the Civil War in this state, when former comrades and family members committed horrendous acts against one another. The oppressed became the oppressors. Here four men were shot to death by a firing squad. The dignity shown by these men in the face of execution is remarkable, asking their families to forgive their betrayal by fellow Irish men.”

“To our shame, 100 years after the Proclamation we have yet – and I include every

2016-01-24: Cllrs Martin Browne (Cashel), Catherine Carey (Clonmel), and Séamie Morris (Nenagh, and Tipperary General Election Candidate for Sinn Féin) with Mike Donovan (Cathoirleach, Roscrea) and Cllr Davy Dunne (Carrick-on-Suir).
2016-01-24: Cllrs Martin Browne (Cashel), Catherine Carey (Clonmel), and Séamie Morris (Nenagh, and Tipperary General Election Candidate for Sinn Féin) with Mike Donovan (Cathoirleach, Roscrea) and Cllr Davy Dunne (Carrick-on-Suir).

single one of us – we have yet to realise the aspirations of that visionary document. While we are no longer engaged in gun-battles with one another, the division and cruelty towards one another still continues, just less obviously. Deliberate obstruction of opportunity has detained generations of families in the trap that is poverty.”

“Each sector of our society is caught up in it’s own lives and challenges, and we are resentful of any benefit offered even to those less fortunate than us. How long more must we witness families and young children living in hotel rooms and hostels without a home to call their own? We hear people from the comfort and warmth of their own home bemoan the cost of housing such families in flea- and mouse-ridden hostels.”

“How much longer will people from families having had the benefit of education for

2016-01-24:  After the event, Liam Walsh (Cathoirleach, Carrick-on Suir), Cllr Séamie Morris, Tony Feeney (Armagh & Nenagh), Cllr Davy Dunne (Carrick-on-Suir), Kevin Brunnick (Cahir) and Fachtna Roe (County PRO) enjoy a break in Jack's Bar  Roscrea.
2016-01-24: After the event, Liam Walsh (Cathoirleach, Carrick-on Suir), Cllr Séamie Morris, Tony Feeney (Armagh & Nenagh), Cllr Davy Dunne (Carrick-on-Suir), Kevin Brunnick (Cahir) and Fachtna Roe (County PRO) enjoy a break in Jack’s Bar Roscrea.

generations, complain that those who have not are getting an ‘unfair advantage’? Thomas Davis 150 years ago urged the Irish people: ‘educate that you may be free’. He knew that education lifts people from poverty, opens the door of opportunity, and lays the foundations for a better life. 60 years later Pearse attacked the British education system as ‘the murder machine’ and wrote how education can enrich all of our lives.”

“Yet today we have an educational system that favours those from more privileged backgrounds, many of whom are content to retain their unfair advantage. And ironically it is those who availed from the best education that led this country to it’s knees. How long more will working people allow themselves to be divided, and manipulated, so they don’t stand together to ensure we all have a better quality of life?”

“I am sick of hearing workers bemoan that the self-employed made a killing in the

2016-01-24: Cllr Séamie Morris, Warren Roche (Carrick-on-Suir), and Tony Feeney (Armagh & Nenagh) before the march started.
2016-01-24: Cllr Séamie Morris, Warren Roche (Carrick-on-Suir), and Tony Feeney (Armagh & Nenagh) before the march started.

past, and just ‘tough luck’ for them now they have no business and no way of feeding their families. I am embarrassed by the self-employed giving out about the level of protection available to workers.”

“It is no wonder that we have not achieved the aspirations of 1916 when even the workers cannot unite around simple issues like equality, and rights in the workplace.
“Unless all of us on the unite – and I don’t just mean Sinn Féin and the left – anyone who believes in the ideals of 1916 has to unite to ensure that all in this country are ‘cherished equally’.”

“I fear that if we don’t, we are as far away as ever from achieving the type of Ireland

2016-01-24: Making plans for the launch in Park Hotel on the 29th, Morris Cagney (Cathoirleach, Clonmel) and Cllrs Séamie Morris and Catherine Carey (Clonmel).
2016-01-24: Making plans for the launch in Park Hotel on the 29th, Morris Cagney (Cathoirleach, Clonmel) and Cllrs Séamie Morris and Catherine Carey (Clonmel).

that the men here died for, as we were on the day they were put to death.”

“I hope that as many as possible will attend the launch of the campaign of Sinn Féin’s Séamie Morris in Clonmel this Friday. There you will hear from two women, and from two men, who have spent their lives working towards the aspirations expressed in the Proclamation, and who work daily to make this island of ours a better home for us all.”

ENDS

2016-01-24 Members of Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band lead the march up the main street in Roscrea.
2016-01-24 Members of Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band lead the march up the main street in Roscrea.
2016-01-24 Members of Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band lead the march up the main street in Roscrea (Cllr Davy Dunne is in the centre).
2016-01-24 Members of Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band lead the march up the main street in Roscrea (Cllr Davy Dunne is in the centre).