Right Of Place Second Chance and MABS

Unique Link Between Right Of Place - MABS and Survivors


Did you know that although MABS have many centres and Support workers around the country who work Tirelessly on behalf of people, MABS also has a number of dedicated professionals who deal exclusivly with Survivors and their families as a result of the Redres Scheme.

Both Derek Teeling and Helen McKenna over the last number of years have assisted many Survivors in personal debt issues and offered support to many who have found it difficult to deal with monies awarded from Redress.

Many Survivors find it difficult talking to any person within an organisation who do not understand and appreciate their backround, their difficulties and the problems that they face every day of their lives. Right Of Place has linked in with both Helen and Derek to afford members this personal service, that is outside the normal channels. They have both dealt with Survivors, specifically, and are therefore best placed to aid any Survivor that needs assitstance. They will either meet you personally or get one of their colleagues to meet you.

They are both very understanding and appreciative of the difficulties that many face and again are there specifically for Survivors. So whever you live in Ireland, the UK, the USA or anywhere else in the world and you need assistance with tackling debt and getting advice, call them personally and mention you are a member of Right of Place and they will afford you Priority of Service. Or call one of Right Of Place offices and we will arrange through them to offer you assistance.

Remember they are there to help you the Survivor and your family.

Website Information (Please Read)

Information Regarding Website

The purpose for the establishment of this website is as follows:

  1. Inform our Member Base of what is happening in Right Of Place Second Chance
  2. To allow external bodies, who can have an influence on Survivors lives, see the talents that Survivors and more importantly to use this media channel as an opportunity to remind them who Survivors are.
  3. To allow Survivors to interact with each other, in a moderated environment where incorrect information will be corrected, with the truth.
  4. To Inform our Members of what is happening in their organization and to ask for their constructive input and feedback.

As a result of the reasons as to why this website was established, it is important that this news article be published to inform people a number of facts.

Will registering on the website, or leaving comments make you a member of Right Of Place Second Chance?

No. The only way you can become a member of ROPSC is by filling out the application form and signing it. As such you can leave comments and view any article and this will not make you a member of Right Of Place Second Chance.

Is the Website Moderated?

Yes. The Website is moderated as we want to create an area where Survivors can interact, view new information and comment. As with many websites, comments are moderated. We will only ever moderate comments if they are abusive and/ or serve no purpose but to upset Survivors, their families and any other person who views and comments on this website. We want to create an environment that fosters the idea of gaining correct information, asking questions and getting to grips will the real facts about the New Right Of Place Second Chance.

Does this mean my question will be moderated?

No. We welcome and encourage people to come onto this website and ask questions. We want to be open / transparent and honest (as we possibly can be) in our approach at helping Survivors, and we hope people leave comments to get the correct information. We can only ever answer questions with the truth and not fiction. We believe that asking questions, to get correct information is the way forward, hence the reason for establishing this website. We want to use any media channel that we can that enables us to interact with Survivors and their families in any meaningful way.

Is it just Survivors that can leave comments?

No. We encourage any person to leave comments on this website, Survivors, their families, friends or the general public to comment. We represent Unity and unity of purpose. We hope that every citizen, who has access to a computer comes onto this website, comments and asks questions. It is only together in a unified approach can we fight for the rights and entitlements of Survivors. It is also through this Unity of Survivor, their families and the general public can we fight the injustices and try to enhance Survivors and their families lives. Just because Survivors do not appear in the media - does not mean they have gone away and we all have a responsibility to remind people of this fact.


I hope the above brings clarity to one or two issues that have been brought to our attention by Members and Survivors. I hope this enables people to understand why it is important that they ask questions to get the real and correct facts from their organization and that we move forward to aid and help many Survivors who need our assistance.

Remember Right Of Place Second Chance is not only a support group, but a representative group and we can only represent the views of our members by their comments. We look forward to seeing you have a direct say in your organization, and also allowing people get the correct information that aids them to join Right Of Place and offer their many talents.

"The Blue Boy" A play that deals with Institutional Child abuse.

Exciting Original Irish Play

Tags: Free, Theatre

Venue: Half Moon Theatre

Tickets: ADMISSION FREE but ticketed Dates: Fr 24th June @ 3.00 pm (Extra Performance Friday 24 June @ 6pm.)

Brokentalkers latest project is a work in progress that deals with the experiences of men and women who were incarcerated as children in Catholic residential care institutions. Using recorded interviews, live performance, music and film, The Blue Boy attempts to give fresh theatrical voice to recently revealed stories of childhood abuse in Ireland.

As associate artists of the Festival, Brokentalkers are continuing the development of The Blue Boy with the support from the Cork Midsummer Festival'€™s New Works Department. Brokentalkers hope to premier the finished piece at the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in October 2011.

Supported by Festival Firsts €“ Electrifying Irish Arts and Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Brokentakers are part of PROJECT CATALYST an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

BrokenTalkers also hope to establish and produce their play around the country and access for Every one at this stage is free of charge. So dont be afraid to go to the Cork Mid-Summer Festival and enjoy the show. Please click here to view more information.

Anything or anyone who helps to hilight the injustices within these institutions deserves to be supported. Best of Luck and future updates will appear on this site.

Right Of Place Second Chance response to the Paper Towards Healing and Renewal


It is important to understand that this paper is not a conclusive response to the document Towards Healing and Renewal, however it is a view based on the needs of survivors of institutional abuse, and in particular the views of Right of Place Second Chance survivors and their families. Uppermost in our minds is the necessity to alleviate the distress of financial worry and social isolation of survivors. In the past number of years, many survivors and our members have experienced new and unexpected challenges, which need our support, and assistance. Right of Place Second Chance focus is based on the needs and issues, which, continue to affect the lives of our members on an ongoing basis. It is important to acknowledge that many of our members who left these institutions, in many cases, did so with limited education and no skills. I do not need to elaborate on the consequences of this history except to say that the institutions of Prisons, Mental Health Hospitals, Graveyards, and the streets were places to which many survivors fell hostage to, resulting from the abuse suffered as children.

It is shocking that as children they should have experienced this kind of abuse, especially while in the care of Religious Orders. So, our initial response is to welcome the steps taken in this paper to once again acknowledge the hurt and pain and lack of response to the plight of survivors when it was most needed. Clearly, there is a need for further counselling funding provided to Faoiseamh and the expanded responses to support this service. This response is of some benefit to some survivors. Right of Place Second Chance would like to now respond to some of the key points in this document.

Exciting new jobs for our members!

In the present economic climate with job losses and cutbacks, it is a major achievement for the New Board of Right of Place/Second Chance to be able to offer full and part time jobs to you, our members.

However, this is not all. A new model for Right of Place is also part of this ongoing change. Basically, it has a

  1. Structure,
  2. An appeals process and
  3. an identification of the work survivors are mandated to do on your behalf.

It is the intention of the new Board to recruit the very best to work professionally to achieve the very best in welfare, health, cash settlement, education housing and life skills€“ for you.

Names, numbers and information of an outreach worker in your area will be in our next issue in January.

Division makes us weaker

We have touched on this subject before and we make no apologies for bringing it up again. Many survivors have taken the time to ask, "why so many organisations"? Some say that this is a good thing because there is variety! Right of Place/Second Chance understands this argument and believes that choice is a good thing for survivors.

Unfortunately, some of these new groups offer survivors exaggeration and bluster. This causes some difficulties for survivors whose expectation of instant justice is unrealisable. It also causes some difficulty for other organisations who are working away in the background for survivors to ensure that support services are put in place to look after survivors needs for the rest of their lives, for example in health, welfare, and in our social lives. The good news is that we will succeed, because reason and common decency wins out in the end.

We wish some survivors and the Examiner newspaper realise that pursuing Agendas that cause survivors pain and hardship should cease NOW!

New and old members

Over the past year, old and indeed new member’s details have not been put up on our database. It is important that this be corrected. If you get this News Sheet then you are ok, however, if you know of somebody who did not and would like to, then it is important that they phone Right of Place/Second Chance Free Phone 1800200709 and ask to be put on our data base.

There will be offi ces opening in all the major centres of Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Galway. Details of this development will be in our January News Sheet. We feel that having an offi ce will be important for our members and indeed all survivors who wish to avail of information on what’s happening in their area.

in a better personal life, fi nancially, and socially. Let’s build on all the positives Right of Place has achieved down through the years. What are these you may ask? Taoiseach’s apology, redress, Ryan inquiry, housing, education and Training. The list is almost endless! We ask survivors to support the good work that is being done for survivors.

Messages of support

The new Board of Right of Place/Second Chance wish to thank those survivors who have sent cards and messages of goodwill wishing the new Board success.

We will be replying to you all, and again many, many thanks; it is appreciated.

Attention Cork Survivors

Do you want to learn the very basics of computers? So, you are an absolute beginner and you don'€™t want to be learning with computer geniuses; now is the time to apply to Right of Place/ Second Chance.

Pat Sheehan VEC (who is based in Right of Place offi ces) is to commence a five-week course (two hours per week). It is free. If you want to understand how to do simple tasks on the computer like send an Email, make a free phone call to anywhere in the world or download films etc. Then phone Pat on 0860862978 or Free Phone 1800200709. Go on, you know you want to!

Welcome house us closed

The closure of Welcome House came as no surprise to most survivors. Over the years, it had served as a place where survivors and their dependents stayed, while they conducted their business with the state and solicitors. It also was a place where one could stay at a very reasonable rate for short breaks.

Sadly, it outlived its usefulness. Less and less people used it and it became diffi cult to justify its huge cost base. To all the workers who contributed to its success over the years and to all the people who enjoyed its facilities we thank you.

One organisation one voice one direction

Most survivors believe that one organisation with the strength, intelligence, infl uence and capability of delivering for survivors is the way to go. Right of Place/ Second Chance believes this also we will work and fi ght with other groups for the benefi t of survivors once they do not hinder the advances we seek for survivors.

The advances and gains made by survivors over the last ten years did not come about by accident. It was by hard work and dedication. Let’s not forget that, but let’s also not forget that it is not enough. It is not yet fi nished!

Survivors want to know the facts - not fiction!

What has changed in Right of Place?

  1. The old Board of Directors have stepped down!
  2. The previous Project Leader has retired!

Now, a new Board of directors have been elected to bring the organisation forward. Our duty is to our membership in the here and now, - and into the future. Our mandate is to build for our members’ - a sustainable priority of services in Health, social welfare and social supports. This is what the Examiner newspaper should be writing about and supporting. We seek justice for our members that will result in a better personal life, fi nancially, and socially. Let’s build on all the positives Right of Place has achieved down through the years.

What are these you may ask? Taoiseach’s apology, redress, Ryan inquiry, housing, education and Training. The list is almost endless! We ask survivors to support the good work that is being done for survivors.

The Trust Fund - Our Position

Right of Place/Second Chance acts on the instructions of its members. We do not support a trust fund. Our members do not want it.

We as an organisation realise and understand that a sizeable number of survivors are elderly and in bad states of health, consequently we wish a settlement to this burning issue to be resolved immediately.

We also need a strong organisation representing this demand, which will be listened to and respected.

New board of directors

All survivors elected onto this new board know that it is a non-paying voluntary position.

As with all new Boards, but especially with a new survivor Board, stresses and tensions occur. Two members resigned from the Board for their own personal reasons. Naturally, the rumour mill was churning out outrageous gossip. To the two Board members who stepped down we wish you the very best and success in the future.

We will be co-opting two new directors, if you would like to be considered and you feel that you can offer something to survivors then send in your details to the office.

Towards Healing and renewal - A pastoral response from the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

A pastoral response from the irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Pastoral Letter of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland

Click here to download the article in PDF format. (Opens in new window - 439KB)


The abuse of children by some priests and religious was an appalling wrong. The inadequate response by some Church leaders has left a deep wound that may never be fully healed.

No apology, no gesture of repentance or sorrow can ever make up for the hurt that has been caused to those abused and to their families: they have been grievously harmed and let down by people who professed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are deeply ashamed of this and we are profoundly sorry for any failures on our part.

Today we wish to give expression to that sorrow by expressing our commitment to existing initiatives as well as to a number of new initiatives. Our hope is that these initiatives will enhance the personal, pastoral, spiritual and practical support available to survivors of child physical and sexual abuse by some priests and religious in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

In the words of Pope Benedict XVI in his Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, ‘No one imagines that this painful situation will be resolved swiftly’. What is set out here today represents only part of a wider response and a longer journey to be undertaken by the Church in helping to bring healing and peace to survivors of abuse. Part of that journey is the challenge of restoring confidence and hope to those many young people, parents, parishioners, priests and religious, who feel angry, let down or despondent because children have been abused in the care of their Church and because so many in leadership failed to give priority to the love and care of children in their response to such heinous crimes.