Paddy Doyle had a story to tell the world. He sat down and wrote a book entitled, 'The God Squad'. He didn't know that his book would become a bestseller in his native country, Ireland, nor did he ever envisage that he would win the Sunday Tribune Arts Award for literature.
His book centres around part of his life where he was detained in an industrial school for 11 years, where he was viciously assaulted and sexually abused by his religious custodians.
Today, Paddy has been active in raising awareness regarding vaccines that were used on other children during his stay in these religious hell holes.
One name keeps cropping up.
Paddy has shared three stories, all of which appear in the Irish Independent, one of which he penned himself.
The articles make harrowing reading and calls for an inquiry with immediate effect.
Yesterday the Independent revealed that GlaxoSmithKline — the firm that was behind controversial vaccine trials on children in state care during the 1960s and 1970s — handed over records relating to the tests to a child-abuse inquiry in 2004.
The Independent writes:
The documents only show that “other vaccine trials” took place, it is so far not known how many other people were involved, whether children in state care were used for the trials or what medicines were tested.
Victims, adoption groups and opposition parties are now demanding a full investigation into all the vaccine trials on children in state care.
GlaxoSmithKline declined to comment. Its silence has raised serious concerns about the nature of the medical tests.
Paddy goes into more detail with his own article here, where he writes about his time at St Michael’s Industrial School for Junior Boys, Cappoquin, Co Waterford.
My memories of St Michael’s are vivid.
Everything about it — the smells, the beatings, the deprivation, as outlined in my book ‘The God Squad’, and, 20 years later, in the ‘Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse’, or the Ryan Report — is as live to me today as it was in 1955, when I walked through the front door under a granite slab with the inscription ‘Suffer the Little Children’ carved into it.
During my time in Cappoquin, myself and many of the other boys were taken to “the dispensary” — a small room filled with a variety of mainly brown bottles and other bits and pieces one associates with doctors and medicine.
I can still smell iodine and surgical spirit as if it was under my nose as I write these words. The dirty brown stain of the iodine is also as clear to me today as it was back in the 1950s.
All three articles are well worth a read and should be circulated via Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites.
Paddy's book can be downloaded as a Kindle here whilst his paperback can be purchased here.
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