THE IRISH GULAG: HOW THE STATE BETRAYED ITS INNOCENT CHILDREN'
Bruce Arnold will discuss how the “Irish Gulag” came into existence, was corrupted and was then exposed. He will explain how the State claimed to be apologizing to those who suffered when their main purpose was to protect themselves financially. He will also report how church officials collaborated in this continuation of the betrayal of innocent children.
Author of The Irish Gulag: How the State Betrayed its Innocent Children (2009), an account of the Industrial School and Reformatory School system in Ireland and of the State programme of recompense and reconciliation initiated by Bertie Ahern in 1999. Arnold has published over twenty-three books, and currently serves as the Chief Critic of The Irish Independent, writing about art, theatre, music, and politics. In 2003, the honour of Officer of the British Empire was bestowed upon Arnold for his services to journalism and Anglo-Irish relations. Arnold is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an honourary academician of the Royal Hibernian Academy.