A new umbrella group, Survivors of Institutional Abuse Ireland, is to march from Parnell Square to the Dáil at noon on Wednesday. Described as an act of solidarity with former residents of the institutions, the march will see participants carrying just one banner with the words: “Cherishing the children of the nation equally”.
The march will proceed in silence. Each person taking part has been requested to wear a while ribbon and bring along a child’s shoe. The shoes will be placed at Leinster House, and the white ribbons will be tied to the railings.
Four wreaths, two white and two black, will be laid at Leinster House by leaders of groups of former residents, in memory of all who were resident in the institutions, living and dead. A copy of a petition will be handed at Leinster House to Cori secretary general, Sister Marianne O’Connor, and representatives of each of the 18 religious congregations which were party to the 2002 redress agreement with the State.
Unions and employers are being asked to allow workers in Dublin an early lunch on Wednesday so they can take part in the march.
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