Recent Radio Interview


Recently, our Outreach Manager for the Waterford / Eastern Region was asked to appear on the ever popular Deisé AM Programme with Mr. Billy McCarthy.

On this show Micheál Walsh was asked to speak about Right Of Place Second Chance directly and also the types of services that were provided in the regional office.

We would like to thank all those who phoned the office offering their congratulations and understanding and would like to stress to all our supporters that the good work we are doing will continue.

Please click here to listen (Begins on First Part on 27 minutes (lasting roughly 10 minutes))

Please also listen to the end of the second section for some of the nice comments left by Survivors, who text and rang the station.

Link can be listened to here:


Annual Report - Exciting News

The New Board of Right of Place Second Chance is committed to ensuring honesty and transparency and equally to advancing the lives of Survivors, through their imput.

As a result of this Right Of Place Second Chance have begun the process of establishing our annual report, which will be given for public consumption. We believe that through this we can both show the good work that each of our Regional centres are doing and also advocate the cause of Survivors.

In the report we will show exactly the work that is being done, what our funding is being used for and we will also use it as an opportunity to voice the concern of many Survivors by our recommendations and observations based on the actual work being done. We hope to use this as an avenue to highlight the many concerns Survivors have with the Trust fund, to highlight the additional concerns that Survivors need support in and to ensure that Survivors are recognised as a Unique citizen group. We hope to highlight the devastating effect that Institutional Child abuse has had on many families and the often difficult nature many have with basic supports.

We look forward to announcing the details of this in the very near future and we hope this can be the beginning of ensuring a greater understanding of Survivors needs.

Keep an eye on this website and national media over the coming weeks for more information!

Response to Irish Examiner Article

There was a recent article published in the Irish examiner by journalist, Jennifer Hough regarding Right Of Place Second Chance.

Once this article was published, the organisation responded to this article with an invitation for this particular journalist to come into our offices. Unfortunatly, the Irish Examiner failed to respond to our reply, nor did they publish our response in their paper.

As a result we would like to publish our response below;


Dear Editor,

We would invite your reporter Ms. Jennifer Hough to meet with a representative of  our group Right of Place Second Chance. This would give her and the organisation an opportunity to correct, what are inaccuracies' in the recent article published on the 6th October 2011. The overriding impression given is one of money (funding) and where this money was spent. The amount which this organisation is currently receiving is inadequate for the great work being done by its outreach officers and administration staff. 

For example, her recent article (6th October 2011) states that "survivors of institutional abuse spent over €80,000 on travel and subsistence and over €30,000 on office administration over two years."

This article is not reflective of the time given by volunteer members, the outreach staff,  who visit survivors in their place of residence, and work on an ongoing basis to support them. My first reaction was "is she implying that the organisation should receive no travel or subsistence, because they are a survivor group"?

My second question is how does this figure compare with other’s who carry out similar work in the public service.  Indeed, how does it compare with, let's say, Cork, Waterford or Kerry politicians over a two year period. Some of our staff are part time and others full time receiving a few Euro above the minimum rate of pay and all are paid below the average industrial wage.

I could go through other points which Jennifer makes, but I'm sure space in the letters page would not facilitate this, so I would like to invite Jennifer up to  visit our offices and ask any questions she likes, and would appreciate that we would be afforded a right of reply. This is an open invitation and we hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,

Michael Walsh

Chairman ROPSC

Poems by Dermot Cooke & Jack Dooley (Survivors)

The following is a number of Poems from a Survivor who has kindly agreed to place them on our website.

They are the sole and exclusive property of Mr. Cooke and you must seek the authors permission if you would like to use and or publish them.


Believe in Yourself - in the power you have to control your own life,

day by day,

Believe in the Strength that you have deep inside,

and your faith will help show you the way,

Believe in Tomorrow and what it will bring,

let a hopeful heart carry you through,

For things will work out if you trust and believe -

There's no limit to what you can do!



Love can be Compared to a rose,

A rose Blossoms and Blooms

When nourished by the heat of

the sun, rain, air and the soil.

Likewise a human being who

receives a gentle touch, a

warm smile and a softly spoken tender "I love you" will, just

like the rose, Blossom and bloom Feeling

Warm, Wanted, Cherished and



The Above poems are Mr. Dermot Cooke's. Dermot also supplied us with several additional poems that we will add at a later date.

I would like to commend Dermot for his talent, and may he continue to produce works such as the above. It continues to amaze me the talent that Survivors have that have often been overlooked for more sensational Headlines. It is about time we appreciate the excellent talents of Survivors and cherish their Abilitys.

As I said to Jack Dermot, I hope the above inspires more to write into us with their works as we hope in the near future to develop an exhibition of Survivors works and begin to focus on you and many like you you have such wonderful talents.

I hope we all agree.

Thank you.


The monastery walls by Jack Dooley

If those walls could only speak
Of little lives which were to bleak
Days that mingled into years
Also washed with many tears


Wolves within these walls did prey
While little boys could only pray
A life sentence we did live
We had nothing else to give


Childhood gone, we lingered on
No dreams could we depend upon
Still the memories won’t let go
Of suffering years long, long ago


Those walls so stark and bold
Gone to history we are told
Years go by, we grew old
Their memory of, still leave us cold

Jack Dooley



Reunion of Former Residents Of St. Josephs, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Reunion of Former Residents Of St. Josephs, Tralee, Co. Kerry


This reunion is to take place on October the 8th in the Imperial Hotel, Tralee.

For additional Details please feel free to contact Joey Bourke on 087 - 9822985.

Let The Healing Begin


Let The Healing Begin



The Following is a note from Dave Dineen, Chariman of the Lamh Healing Centre:

"A healing evening will be held on Sunday 16th of October 2011 at 3pm in the Sma hall wiltion.

The title of the event is called “Let the Healing Begin” see poster above.
It is expected to last one and quarter hours.

There will be tea and coffee afterwards.
We are eager to make this event inclusive"


I hope all that have an interest in attending do, we wish Dave and all those participating the very best Success.

(Updated) Minutes of Meeting with Minister Quinn

Minutes of the Meeting with Minister Mr. Quinn.

Please click here in order to view to minutes of Meeting held with Minsiter Quinn and the goups representing Survivors.

Please feel free to comment as you wish.

Any person who has difficulty viewing, please send an e-mail through our contact age to any office and we will be happy to send you on a hard copy. For those of you who have access to a computer please feel free to click here.

Seeking Your Views


A wonderfully talented Student at the University of East London has linked in with Right Of Place as she is undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Pshychology and would like your views. The Below poster explains a great deal, but if you in anyway would like to participate and help out but are unsure please feel free to ring the number on the poster or contact your local branch for more information.

We hope that as many as possible participate as any one who can help to highlight the difficulties Survivors faced while going through the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse is most welcome - as this is still a story not fully told or appreciated. Perhaps your help in aiding Niamh to Analyse this will shed further light onto how Survivors really feel.

My thanks in advance.


Best of Luck with your work Niamh and any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us back.

Your Organisation needs You!

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!!

Due to the economic difficulty the country continues to find itself in the difficulty every organization has in offering continued and enhanced support for its members is becoming more and more difficult.

This difficulty is not a unique one, but a collective one shared by most organizations and it is only through the tireless volunteer work can we continue to sustain the same level of support that is so well received by the majority of our members.

It is with this in mind that we ask for your assistance in fundraising on behalf of Right Of Place Second Chance through the Cork City Mini - Marathon and this is to take place on;

Sunday September the 25th at 1pm


Please also view this website for further information;

Please feel free to contact any of our offices if you would like to help and we will discuss sponsorship cards and any additional information.

Also please remember your ability to run does not have to be "top notch" as you can race how you would like.... I know I will be walking the full distance! If you cannot take part in the Marathon but would still like to raise sponsorship please feel free to contact us also, we would be very grateful.

Thank you in advance and we would very much appreciate your support in raising much needed funds for the organization and helping to raise the profile of what services and supports we provide.

Minutes of meeting Cork Region

Minutes of meeting held in the Imperial Hotel in Cork on the 21st July 2011

Preamble;     Statement from Michael Walsh Chairman/Director

The meeting for Cork was called to bring our members up to date on our activities and to allow Cork to elect a committee to represent their area going forward.  This has been successfully the criteria Right of Place have followed in the other regions of Limerick Galway and Waterford.

However, The Cork meeting posed some difficulties as it was publicised that a protest would take place outside the hotel.  The purpose of this protest was not made clear nor was the group identified as to who was organising it.  This information was announced over Cork local radio.

Two things happened, one, no protest materialised due to the insufficient support for such a frivolous action, exposing these misguided peoples actions, or in this case inactions, for what they are - simply nonsense!

Secondly, four of these individuals turned up at the meeting instead, and created an atmosphere of intimidation and fear by shouting and attempting to disrupt the Cork meeting.  To the ordinary members of Right of Place I would like to offer my apologies for allowing this uncomfortable situation to arise.  It was shameful and disrespectful, but it seems former disaffected members from the Old Right of Place have lost a lot with the closure of their old home!

This organisation is now practically a national one and is strongly supported by the HSE and all organisations supporting survivors.  The role of our organisation is changing due to a number of facts, to respond best to the needs of our members.
Special schools are not being supported, and are being forced to close.  Health care is being cut and funding reduced to all organisations that support the weak and vulnerable in our society.  We are no different, but our voice will not be silenced!

We will continue to extract the best we can in Health, Welfare, and Housing etc for our members. So the behaviour of those that attempted to disrupt and intimidate our organisation and members only plays into the hands of the Government and others in these difficult times. Thankfully, it is only a minority of misguided individuals, whom progress has passed by, are causing this unpleasantness for their fellow survivors.  To them we say, “Look at the facts on progress and change in the New Right of Place.”  If you don’t support us then support your own people – constructively.

Francis Treanor Chair
Michael Walsh Chairman
Ann Marie Crean  Outreach Officer Cork/Kerry Region


Frances Treanor called the meeting to order, as there was a general loud debate between some survivors who were not members of Right of Place and whether or not they should be present at the meeting.  Francis Treanor suggested that they leave the meeting but other members suggested that they should stay, as “they were survivors”.

Michael Walsh (Chairman) said he had no objection per say to the individuals being present but they would need permission to address or participate in the meeting.  This was agreed by the majority present.

Francis Treanor asked that any person who were members of any other group to leave the meeting.  This was not complied with, and a noisy shouting situation developed.  Order was called for and a proper question and answer procedure be followed.  This was accepted eventually.

As Francis Treanor proceeded to introduce items for discussion, he was interrupted repeatedly. One individual wanted to know “Why are you (Francis Treanor) being paid 70,000 euro per year” Francis Treanor said that he would answer that if he were given a chance, as he was constantly being interrupted and shouted at. He must be given a chance to answer that question. “you are getting 70,000 and you know it”

Michael Walsh got up and intervened saying, “I will answer that question, it is ridiculous to make such unsubstantiated allegations without factual information. No, he does not get 70,000 euro or anything near it.  But, as a trade unionist I am amazed at the obsession with what survivor workers are paid!  Right of Place Second Chance have thirteen part time and full time workers who do not get paid enough, in fact their wages is disgracefully low for the difficult work that they do.  It would be more useful for all survivors to support fellow survivors and professionals for better wages and conditions”.  Francis Treanor then said, “For the amount of professional work I undertook for Right of Place Second Chance 70,000 wouldn’t even cover my fees!” He then said that his wages for Right of Place Second Chance were €15,000 euro per year!   This fact did not change this individual’s view that this was the truth.

A criticism levelled against the Board of Directors was that it was employing non - survivors who should not be employed.

The Chairman explained that the new policy of the New Right of Place Second Chance was to employ professionals and families of survivors if they met the criteria for the employment.  Further criticism continued in this matter and a question was levelled against Ann Marie (Outreach officer) that she should not be in the meeting as she was not a survivor.

Survivor; “you should not be here because you are not a survivor and you have no business here.”

Ann Marie; “I feel embarrassed and kind of an outsider up here because I’m not a survivor, nor a member but I have worked very hard on behalf of yourselves”

Survivor; “That woman has every right to be employed in Right of Place because I lived in the apartments because I was homeless, and Ann Marie helped me and dozens more survivors find a place to stay, much more than you did or would ever do”

Another survivor; “Ann Marie helped me when I had nobody and I cried because of her help so Ann Marie thank you.”

Michael Walsh (Chairman) “Ann Marie was supported by a number of survivors to continue her work on behalf of survivors when they met me and our Board of Directors.  Her record speaks for itself.”  There was some angry exchanges between survivors in the hall but it can be said that the issue relating to the employment  of non - survivors was supported by the majority of those who spoke up in support of Ann Marie

Francis Treanor (Chair) began to explain some of the difficulties with the legislation regarding the complexity of the Trust Fund.  He was interrupted on numerous occasions and was accused that he was in favour of the Fund.  Francis denied this and continued to explain but was continually heckled.  “If you don’t give me a chance to answer the questions you have put to me then how do you expect to find the truth to your questions.”

Michael Walsh; “We have held meetings in Limerick, Galway and Waterford, and survivors had the decency to show Respect and allow survivors to ask and listen to answers at those meetings, that way survivors were able to participate and engage in issues that were important to them. Whereas, here we seem to be back to the same old shouting and slagging matches.  If you ask a question please have the manners to allow an answer.”

A number of survivors questioned the new Boards view towards the Trust Fund.  Some accusing the Board of wanting this Trust Fund, as it would suit their own ends. It was stated that the new Board had indicated to all people that they met that our members were for a cash payment to survivors, and had not moved one inch since they were elected on this issue. The position of the Board was to advocate on behalf of survivors and because Right of Place members did not want a Trust Fund in its present form and instead favoured a cash payment then, that is what is the New Board would do and had not changed its position on that matter, nor would it.  The Board and the company was there to reflect the will of it members.  No decision would be taken that affected our members unless they were consulted first.

Survivor: How did you get my details to ask me to come to this meeting?

Michael Walsh stated that if this member receieved a letter from Right Of Place then they were on our database, however no person is forced to be a member and if they did not want to be a member to say so they could be removed from the database.

Survivor: where did you get your database from why am I getting letters from you.

Michael Walsh: As already stated, if you no longer want to be a member, or any person, they need only call or write to the organisation and we will remove your name

One survivor spoke of his fear of intimidation at the meeting and how difficult it was for him to get his point across, to which an angry and hostile sarcastic remarks were hurled in his direction.

Francis Treanor indicated that it was time to adjourn the meeting but before that, he put a motion to the group to elect a committee for the Cork Region.  As soon as this motion was put to the floor two survivors began to shout and warn survivors that by electing a committee they would be voting for the Trust Fund!

The meeting then broke up without the members electing a committee for the Cork region.  Ann Marie will continue to look after this region in her capacity as Outreach Officer.

The meeting was adjourned until further notice.

Tranisitional Apartments

Dear Member,

Due to the tireless work by Our Outreach officers in Housing members of Right Of Place Second Chance in permanent accomodation we are know open for applications.

The application Process will involve assessing wheter the apartment is fit for your needs and can provide the best supports for you.

Please feel free to call your Local office, in any of the regions, if you would like to be considered for an apartment.



Summary of the Main Provisions of the Statutory Trust Fund

Will the Statutory Trust Fund Support Victims Of Institutional Abuse?



Those eligible for assistance from the Fund will be those former residents who were offered awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) or who received awards pursuant to court actions and who would otherwise have received awards from the RIRB.

Functions/Provisions of the Statutory Fund

The principal function of the Statutory Fund will be to make arrangements for the provision of approved services to support the needs of former residents and to pay grants to former residents to assist them to avail of approved services. 

Approved services will include such counselling services, psychological support services and mental health services, and such health and personal social services, educational services and housing services as the Fund may determine. 

The Fund will also promote understanding of the effects of abuse on former residents among service providers and will evaluate the effectiveness of the approved services in meeting the needs of former residents.

The Fund can consult with former residents as it considers appropriate.

Funding for the Statutory Fund

The costs of the Fund will be met from the contributions from the religious congregations, which will be lodged to a special investment account managed by the National Treasury Management Agency.  These contributions will be construed as fulfilling a charitable purpose.  It is expected that the amount available to the Fund will be €110 million.

Administration of the Scheme

The Fund will be established as a corporate body. The Board of the Fund will comprise 7 members, including 2 former residents, and insofar as is practicable, the Minister will ensure an equitable gender balance.  In appointing the other members of the Board, the Minister will ensure that members have knowledge and expertise in relation to financial management, administration, health and social personal services and counselling, psychology or mental health services. 

The members will not be remunerated and will serve a four year term of office but will not be eligible to serve for more than 2 consecutive terms.

The chief executive officer of the Fund will manage and control the administration of the Fund and will be accountable to the Public Accounts Committee and other Oireachtas Committees.  The accounts of the Fund will be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

The Fund will appoint, with the consent of the Minister, such and so many persons to be members of the staff of the Fund as it may from time to time determine.

The Fund will seek to achieve the most beneficial, effective and efficient use of the resources available to it.  It will be subject to the terms of the Freedom of Information and Ombudsman Acts.


Provision is included in the General Scheme to allow the Residential Institutions Redress Board advise the Statutory Fund of the name, address and date of birth of award recipients.  Such a provision will allow the Fund to confirm applicants’ eligibility.

The Fund will determine the extent of, and conditions attaching to, the provision of approved services.  It will determine the criteria it will use to make decisions and will publish these criteria.  It will determine the application process and will be able to refuse applications not made in accordance with the approved process. 

The Fund will liaise with public service providers in relation to the provision of services to former residents.

Education Finance Board

The Education Finance Board will be dissolved and its functions transferred to the Fund.

Well Done Mary!

It's Never Too Late.

Congrats to Mary Donovan (Tralee) now living in Limerick who in 2008 went back to education Mary done Interior Design level 5 and received an overall award. In 2009/2010 she done her art portfolio for which she received a distinction, she also received the VEC Award for Art Craft and Design for mature students. Mary then went on to do a course in Disabilities and Medical Secretary and Terminology (Distinction) level 6.

Mary then joined a Community Employment Scheme in november 2010 and done Social Studies for which she got 100% in her exam, she also done ECDL Advanced in 2011 and achieved a certificate and an overall award.

I think you will agree that Mary packed a lot of study into three years and all we can do is to congratulate Mary again and wish her well for the future, and by the way it's never too late to go back to education.          

P.S. During Mary's journey back to education she wrote a project called "Unfair Treatment of Children In State Run Homes from 1800-1990" Mary hopes that a rep from Gill&Mc Millen will read her story and fingers crossed a best seller?

(Any body looking for more information please contact Val Groarke in our Galway / Western Regional office)

Waterford / Eastern Area Meeting - 17th June

Waterford Meeting 17th June 2011

We recently held our Waterford meeting of Right Of Place Second Chance, at the Granville Hotel on Friday 17th June.

The reason for publishing this information is to allow the many who phoned to make their apologies view the minutes. We will also post these out to the members who phoned to say they could not attend.

There was nearly 50 people in attendance and the meeting was chaired by our National Chairman - Mr. Michael Walsh. He was assisted by our local Chairman of the Waterford branch - Mr. Denis McEvoy and acting Secretary Mr.Patrick Cleary.

Throughout the meeting there was many vauable questions asked by our members and answered by both our Chairman and our Outreach Officer for Waterford / Eastern Region. It was very successful and all of the Survivors in attendance congratulated the New Board.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who turned up to the meeting, the many who offered their thanks and support, those who travelled to attend the meeting and in particular those who asked questions.

Please click here to view the minutes of the meeting.

Please also note that your new Committee for the Waterford / Eastern Region is:

Chairman: Denis McEvoy,

Secretary: Michael Walsh,

Treasurer: Canice Egan.

Please click here to view a copy of the minutes of the meeting.



New Leaflet


As Right Of Place Second Chance has begun the process of re-establishing and re-defining our goals and aims, we felt it was important to publish information that would allow people to see who and what Right Of Place is.

The leaflet below is an example of this and it will be available in all your Regional offices within the near future. If you would like a copy please feel free to pop into your local office, or call us up and we will post you one out. We hope this again helps to hilight the New Right Of Place as it is important people have constant reminders of who ROPSC are and also what our objectives into the future are. It is only with this clarity of Purpose can we begin to assist Survivors who most need it.

Please click here to view our New Leaflet to be published shortly.