5,000 signatures reached
To: The Dáil
Stand with the brave Reilly women
Conduct a full investigation into the failure of statutory agencies to investigate or intervene in the abuse of eight members of the Reilly family over a twenty-three year period.
Why is this important?
This is the statement made by the family who are asking for our support
"We have all been living through our own personal hell. We are relieved that justice has been done and that the crimes committed against us as children are no longer hidden or denied by anybody.
No more needs to be said about the hell we have lived through and somehow survived. But more does need to be said about how it was allowed to happen.
We are left with many questions, and we need answers.
Where were the different parts of the state when we as vulnerable and defenceless children needed protection?
How could schools, social workers, medical professionals and all the other people who had a so-called ‘duty of care’ turn their back and look the other way – time after time as the evidence was piling up and hitting them in the face?
We were vulnerable Traveller children, forced to live on the edges of Irish society, already looked down, discriminated against and denied our basic human rights. Does this denial of our rights extend also to the right to protection and welfare as children?
Would the same state neglect, the same agreement that nobody should say a word, the same ability to turn the blind eye have been evident if this had been a respected settled family in Ireland?
God knows we know that what we had to suffer could have happened in any family in Ireland. But we also know that the response of the state would have been different and there is a good chance that much of the suffering could have been spared or avoided.
We are asking you not to ask ‘how could this happen in a Traveller family’. Do ask ‘how could this happen in any family? But also ask ‘were we not protected because we were Travellers?"
Tipperary Rural Travellers Project publicly state our support for the Reilly family in the wake of the court judgement that found their father guilty of rape and sexual assault of his sister and seven daughters.
We cannot even begin to imagine the pain and trauma the family has endured, and we want also to commend the Reilly women in the courage, determination and humanity they have shown under such terrible circumstances.
We sincerely hope that their courage can provide some inspiration and encouragement for others who suffer abuse and trauma from such circumstances.