The pure, raw evil described in the Institutional Abuse Report demonstrates the sad reality of the myth of the Island of Saints and Scholars. We have been taken in, treated with disdain and left feeling powerless and angry.
We are a nation famous for our commemoration of poignant historical events and displaying empathy with those who suffer worldwide. We honour heroes recognising their achievements by awarding freedom of cities, honorary doctorates and presidential recognition.
The least we can do now is organise a national day of mourning for the horrendous loss of life and spirit, physical and emotional, of the thousands of victims of this abuse.
Each of those heroic figures who have campaigned and tirelessly sought justice must be given the highest possible honours of recognition by the state and uppermost educational institutions. Along with a national memorial, these measures would go some way towards acknowledgment.
Justice, too, needs to be seen to be done and we must never forget.
Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.
What great sentiments! So true that we have honoured people and events far, far less than the Trojan work done by those victims for justice. They truly deserve to be nationally recognised and we propose Ms Christine Buckley for president. It would make a refreshing change now.
We had reservations about some of Judge Ryan's assistants but he came through with flying colours and congratulations to him also. Now we will see if any of those sick institutions or their supporters have the backbone to take this report on the chin and truly show remorse.
Alan and Vera Wilson.