The industrial school scandal will run and run
Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence this morning had a superb roundup of the Ryan commission report and the fallout from it, with a comprehensive panel discussion (segment begins 33 minutes in). The panel discussion made news with an apparent nod from the hierarchy that the 2002 indemnity deal will have to be reopened. A nod that appears to have caught the government off-guard. It’s not clear that the government realizes how thin the ice underneath it is — do none of them remember what brought down Albert Reynolds? They are now faced with a toxic brew of the 2002 deal, the oft-floated children’s rights referendum, and the still unclear situation regarding inspection of children’s institutions in the Republic, which one would have thought is the minimum thing needing clarity with the Church and government promising “never again”.