FERGUS FINLAY: There is no justice in how survivors have been treated in daily lives

President Michael D Higgins received representatives from Christine Buckley Centre on the 10th anniversary of the Ryan Report. Taking time out at the Áras are survivors from left Christy McDonagh, Marian Kelly and Michael Harrington. Picture: Tony Maxwell

Survivors of abuse are often obstreperous. 

Angry, bitter even. They fight among themselves sometimes, and make life difficult for one another. 

You can attend a day-long conference where they are all gathered together, as I did last Saturday, and find how difficult they find it sometimes to find common cause with each other.

The conference was organised principally by the Christine Buckley Centre, named after that remarkable woman whose determination to tell her story changed everything for survivors of institutional abuse. 

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