One of the recommendations of the Ryan Report, the investigation into the rampant clerical abuse and subsequent cover-up, was to erect a memorial to the victims. I fully support this idea as, although the abuse was committed by the Church, Irish society in general failed to protect these children. So plans were instigated to erect a government funded memorial. However, when the plans were unveiled during the week I was somewhat bemused and angered; the memorial was to be built at the end of the Garden of Remembrance. The Garden of Remembrance was built to commemorate those who have fought and died for Ireland during its numerous rebellions, the Easter Rising, War of Independence and the Civil War. I find it wholly inappropriate to attach another monument here, as not only does it dilute the significance of the Garden of Remembrance but it also takes away the importance of the abuse victims' memorial. Also a monument to those who died for the State and one to those who suffered because of the State should not be amalgamated.
Below is a description of the Memorial and a graphic design.