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.