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Welcome to the Residential Institutions Survivor’s Network (RISN)!

We encourage residential institutions survivors to contact us to enable us to ensure your voice is heard and the appropriate action is taken to secure effective relief and remedy to those issues which are important and of concern to survivors and their families.

Please checkout our Press Release section for the latest news. Thank you for using RISN as your information provider which is survivor led and run.

William Gorry is the founder, residential institutions survivor and inspiration of this web service.

RISN Mission

The aim of RISN is to give voice to Residential Institutions Survivors through the establishment of a survivor led network which will promote the interests and concerns of all Residential Institutions Survivors. This will be achieved through the convening of assembly talks currently under discussion with the Department of Education and to be announced in the New Year, 2018.

About RISN

William Gorry who was in Mount Carmel Orphanage, Moat, County Westmeath
RISN was founded by William Gorry in December 2017 as a result of his campaign to heed the voice of residential institutional survivors and to give opportunity to them in defining their much needed services and supports through a survivor-led network, using the motto, ‘Better Together!’

RISN hopes to provide as much information as possible on the very complex and harrowing subject of residential institutions child abuse, (whether sexual, physical, psychological or emotional child abuse), in the hope of assisting fellow survivors to obtain the appropriate services and supports which ought to be available as a basic human right and constitutional duty of the Irish State under Article 40 of BUNREACHT NA hÉIREANN (Irish Constitution) which states:

3 1° The State guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate the personal rights of the citizen.

3.2° The State shall, in particular, by its laws protect as best it may from unjust attack and, in the case of injustice done, vindicate the life, person, good name, and property rights of every citizen.

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RISN Consultation Talks delayed until capacity estimates ensure the welfare and safety of survivor participation

RISN has attempted to expedite matters in the most efficient and effective manner. Negotiations between RISN and the Department of Education on the 4th December 2017 made little progress following concerns RISN raised concerning an offer of a number of consultation talks. We promised to provide our review of the number of consultation talks on …

RISN, tired of the way we survivors are treated and want to do something about it.

We at RISN are survivors. We are committed to survivors. RISN is not in it for money. However, we will ensure that Irish State support is adequately provided to survivors and their families by right as much as by the Irish State’s duty and constitutional responsibility. Are you not tired of the way we survivors …

Hello!

Welcome to RISN. We hope to keep you up to date on the initiatives taken to establish a survivor-led network (RISN) to better represent what is important to residential institutions survivors and give voice to our specific concerns and interests. We hope to achieve this by listening to all survivors and learning to speak for …

Contact RISN

Welcome to RISN’s Contact page. We encourage residential institutions survivors to contact us to enable us to ensure your voice is heard and the appropriate action is taken to secure effective relief and remedy to those issues which are important and of concern to survivors and their families.