Art Exhibition - Cork "Walk a mile in my shoes"


After the huge success of this event last year in Waterford City, it was decided to expand this into our other regions.


Have a read, pop in and have a look if you are around and most importantly if you have anything that you would like submitted give Ann Marie a call in Cork :)






  • · ART WORK
  • · PROSE
  • · CRAFTS









Exciting News - Opening of a Kerry Regional Drop in Centre












Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board's Website (updated)



The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board have established a new website. (more commonly known as the Trust Fund)


The contents of this website include;


  • More Information
  • Contents and Minutes of any meetings the New Board have
  • A section on Press Releases
  • An Area to Contact them
  • An option to register for updates and Register your interest


It is important to note, that if you feel in any way uncomfortable registering your details with the Board, any new information / updates will be available on our website, posted to our members through our Newsletter and all our staff are kept appraised of the latest information.

It is also crucial to understand that the full workings of the board, its full remit and how to submit applications has not yet been agreed!

This means that, they will not accept applications for assistance at this point, nor have they fully completed the Process of advising what assistance will be available.

There new Website is;

Please click here


If you have any questions on this please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

Upcoming Social Outing for the cork Region



*Right of Place Second Chance have organised an event running Friday the 28th June to  Kayak Cork Harbour  Centre.

*The outing will include transportation, cost of events for the day and lunch:

The Events are as follows:

Archery and The Sharp Shooter Competition – which one of the group will be hailed the Sharp Shooter for the day?

Orienteering – This is a great way to get to know others in your group and build rapport among the group.

* The bus will be leaving ROPSC offices in Cork the morning of the 28th.

* Places are limited so first come first serve policy applies.

* To arrange a place please contact

Annemarie Crean or Cork Office

0214551377 / 1890 200 709

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Please get you name in as early as possible, places are limited and there is already considerable interest. Also Please note that this is the beginning of a series of events, planned for each of our regions, particularly our Cork / Kerry Region. So Hurry get your name in!


Once again, would like to send a big thanks to our Cork office and staff for their commitment to making these Projects a reality!





The Women's Studies Centre, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin is currently running a research project titled;
The Magdalene Institution  Recording an Oral and Archival History.
The aim of the project is to interview people with a wide range of experiences and perspectives on the Magdalene Institutions.  Right of Place is currently working with the study in relation to recruiting possible participants and ensuring that those with experience of the Laundries get the opportunity to discuss their experiences in a confidential manner.
The project is operating with the strictest protocols to protect the confidentiality and privacy of all participants. The research aims to provide the opportunity for people to have their story told.
If you have any queries, looking to be a participant or know of someone who is interested in participating please contact.
Annemarie Crean
Outreach Coordinator
Right of Place Second Chance
100-101 Lower Glanmire Rd
0214551377 / 1890 200 709.



Invitation to Tender: An Organisational Review leading to a five year strategic Plan


Is it enough to say you are doing a good job?

Is it enough to look at yourself and your own organisation and think we can't do anymore?


The simple answer from Right of Place Second Chance is - NO!


As a result Right of Place Second Chance, are inviting suitably qualified persons to tender to carry out an organisational review leading to a five year strategic plan for the organisation.

The purpose of this review is for a person with external expertise to come in and look at the services we offer, the systems we have in place and to make suggestions to improve them.

We also want this individual/organisation to talk with our staff, our members and our clients to find out what is important to them over the next number of years and what direction our charity should take to best meet the needs of Survivors.


This is yet another milestone in Right of Place Second Chance's development. Despite the changes we have made in the last two years, we want to remain dynamic and proactive and it is, yet again, another first for Survivor Groups. We would also like to afford a special mention to the St. Stephen's Green Trust for the assistance in carrying out this review.

So if you have an interest in carrying out this external review and you are suitably qualified / experienced, we would invite you to send your application to us. The Details of the review is listed below;



Support a Survivor - support his talents



The following below is an extract from a book currently being developed by a Survivor who is a member of our organisation.

His name is Patrick Strahan and Patrick has always offered his support, advice and information to our organisation.

What is extraordinary about Patrick is his life story - his talents are exceptional and we always believe in promoting the best that Survivors have to offer and it has to be said - Patrick is the best at what he does.


Patrick (aswell as being a talented writer) is also an extremely talented craftsman. Patrick is a master at forging and with the support of those closest to him has rejuvenated a wonderful piece of history, into his art.


So below is a small extract from a book he is working on, but even further down from that is information on his Professional life, his work and I hope all Survivors / our supporters and everybody else supports him in his excellent work.

From us to you Patrick, keep up the great work;


As I drove back into the picnic area I'm relieved that it's empty no cars, no people. The daylight is almost gone and I put on the handbrake looking up at a few bright stars appearing in the summer sky. As I sit there running through my thoughts I open a can of beer and light a cigarette. The lights of Dublin city below are clashing with the ever darkening sky and it somehow reflect the conflict that's within me.

I thought I'd never reach eighteen years of age, that marked the day I would officially be free I could make my own decisions without interference. I pondered over my young life and tried to make some sense of my journey, three years with my mother, eleven years in a child prison and a college education behind me. I was so emotionally challenged that I couldn't identify the borderline between happiness and sadness which left me walking the tight rope between being carefree and careless. A self diagnosed educated mad man.

Raised by nuns left me feeling lonely, confused, insecure, angry and a deep sense of injustice about the collective one size fits all treatment I received over the years. I really tried my best to understand and respect their unique approach to life. It was an almost impossible task as they were completely and utterly unwilling to discuss or negotiate in any context subjects that were not within the parameters of the Catholic brand. They had for whatever reason decided to give their life to Jesus and I didn't have a problem with their right to make that choice.

I certainly had a major problem with their expectation that, that was the best and only route for me. I had to suppress and hide my views, because I was in a situation where if I wasn't prepared to accept that my primary purpose in this life was to prepare a place for myself in the next one, then I was open to mental and emotional abuse. There also seemed to be a theory that if I had any resistance to this great message and could not embrace it, then they were quite willing to beat it into me. In this very insular environment where impulse or spontaneity were not encouraged it was nothing short of spiritual abuse.

I was taken from a mother who according to the court detention papers was unfit, well that's all it said in the little yellow box. A simple yet shrewd country girl with lots of children and lots of fathers. The fact that she loved us was only a minor detail when the powers that be came to remove us from the family home. A family unit that desperately needed support was thorn apart with brothers and sisters sent to different industrial schools based on age difference. My beautiful darling brother Dermot and myself were put in the same mini bus, instantly I became his protector, at the ripe age of 3 years just a year younger than myself he was my family until his death ten years later. He was a super kid with a great passion for life and although his medical diagnosis from an early age was not optimistic he remained active up to the last week of his life. I loved him beyond anything words can explain and I still miss him today. It seemed to me that the people overseeing my affairs at that time didn't realize that there is no trade off for love. "



Additionally to this, I implore you to have a look at the wonderful creative Artwork talents that Patrick has. The company that he and his wife have founded and started, deserves all the support it can get. You don't believe me? Take a look for yourself -


Well Done again Patrick and to your continued success!!!!!!

Art Classes for Survivors


Are you the Next Picasso, Van Gogh or Manét?


Well me neither -  but that is going to stop me from attending the Art Classes being facilitated for Survivors through Right of Place Second Chance. This Programme has been successfully run over the last number of years and it is being rejuvinated again!

So if you are interested, want to share some time with Fellow Survivors and unleash the next Mona Lisa onto the online casino review World then check out the below information;















CORK OFFICE    0214551377/ 189200709

PAT SHEEHAN   086 086 2978


***As with all our Services, You do not have to be a member of Right of Place to be part of the workshop****

Practical Work Classes in Cork/Kerry Region


A fantastic Initiative is being developed in our Cork Region, with the assistance of Pat Sheehan, VEC (Cork) to facilitate Practical classes into the future. At this stage, we have several names of people interested, however if you want to be a part of it, please call our Cork Regional Office to enquire or even offer your own suggestions/information.
























It is a great way of getting involved, having fun and at the same time learning a new skill


***As with all our Services, You do not have to be a member of Right of Place to be part of the workshop****


CORK OFFICE - 0214551377 /1890 200 709

PAT SHEEHAN - 0860862978

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board's Website



To all Survivors,


The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board have established their own website, which will, into the future, contain much information about it's workings and development.


Currently on the site is a copy of the Press Release that was issued when the Board was established and it is hoped that as the official workings and information becomes more developed this will be put up. Any useful/important information that is shared, will also be put up on this site. If you need any assistance or further information, as always please feel free to contact us.


Additionally to this, I hope you understand that as the Board have only had the occasion to meet once since their appointments, it will be some time before more concrete information is put up.

*****Whilst the Contact details have been agreed & Website, the exact nature of their supports, how to apply etc have not yet been established. ******


As such any application that you may send to the address and details will not be accepted as applications to the New Fund.

It is envisaged the application process etc will take a number of months to be established & agreed, which is understandable considering the importance of the Fund, so please be conscious of this. However;


To view the website, please click here.


Alternatively the New website address is:

Minister Quinn announces the establishment of the Residential institutions Statutory Fund (Important Information)


* Important to keep reading below for Q & A of the common questions we have already experienced from our clients

Minister Quinn announces establishment of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund


The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund (RISF) is to be officially established next Monday, the 25th of March.  The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D.  is also announcing the appointment of the members of the RISF Board and the designation of the first CEO.


The RISF Board is a new body which is being established under the provisions of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012. The Board will oversee the use of the cash contributions of up to €110 million pledged by the religious congregations to support the needs of some 15,000 survivors of residential institutional child abuse.  These survivors have received awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board or equivalent court awards.


The support to be provided will include a range of approved services, including health and personal social services, education and housing services.  To date €40m in cash contributions have been received from the congregations and a further €27m is expected on the establishment of the Fund.


Minister Quinn said, “The establishment of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board represents a critically important step in responding to the needs of those who were subjected to horrendous abuse while children in residential institutions. I greatly appreciate the fact that the members have agreed to contribute to the work of the Board and I wish them well in their work. While the tasks facing the Fund are significant, I am confident that it will make a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of the survivors of institutional abuse.”


The composition of the Board is as follows:


Ms Sylda Langford, Chairperson


Ordinary Members (former residents of institutions)


  • Mr Paddy Doyle
  • Ms Bernadette Fahy
  • Ms Phyllis Morgan
  • Mr Martin Power



Other Ordinary Members


  • Mr Damian Casey
  • Mr Austin Currie
  • Mr Tom Daly
  • Ms Katherine Finn BL

The Board members are appointed for a four year term of office, commencing on 25th March, 2013.  The positions are not remunerated.


The Minister also announced that Ms Mary Higgins is to be appointed as chief executive officer of the RISF Board.  She was selected following a recruitment campaign held by the Public Appointments Service.


The Minister also commenced Part 4 of the 2012 Act, which dissolves the Education Finance Board and transfers its remaining functions and staff to the RISF, with effect from 29th March 2013.




Q & A


Will Right of Place Second Chance continue to be funded?


We have had a number of enquiries from our clients who access our Services on a regular basis surrounding this issue. I can categorically confirm that we will indeed continue to be funded and there is no need to fear surrounding this. We have only ever been funded by the HSE, the St. Stephens Green Trust Fund and received a small amount from the Department of Education.


This fund is not being established to support groups, but to support Survivors. We will continue to receive our funding from the HSE and will continue to support Survivors and their families where we possibly can. We will also be available to offer assistance to any Survivor living in Ireland, the UK and further afield in applying for support from the Statutory Trust Fund.

It is imperative that Survivors do not fear, as we will continue to be funded by the HSE, of which we are grateful for their continued support and encouragement. Ensuring we remain open is even more imperative at this present stage to ensure Survivors 1) Gain access to the supports we offer and 2) Those most vulnerable have a support base to help them apply and make appeals for their needs to the RISF


What can I apply for?

Whilst there was guidelines set down in the Bill, the exact nature and types of support offered by the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund will become apparent over the next couple of weeks. The Board are due to meet this Wednesday (27th March 2013) and this will be discussed. Due to our links and information we will get it as soon as it becomes available and as soon as we have it our members and general Survivor population will receive it.


How do I apply?

Again this question is answered in the above statement. It will take the Board and CEO of the RISF a number of weeks in which to meet to discuss the exact criteria into how a Survivor applys, however our offices, phone network, e-mail support and Newsletters will be published once this becomes more apparent.


Will you let me no when more information becomes available?

Right of Place is committed to ensuring our clients have correct, factual and accurate information as soon as it becomes available. We will be holding open days in our Office Centres and other areas across Ireland in the Near future, will have all our staff trained on the information should you wish to call, we will send out a Newsletter/pamphlet to explain the information and we will be making many media appearances to ensure all Survivors have access to the neccessary information.

Additionally to this, we hope to work with the Board to establish information and material to be distributed to Survivors explaining how the RISF can support them. This should ensure you that when the information becomes available, you will have it ASAP.


Will Right of Place Help me in my application?

We are a support group whose only aim is to assist Survivors. This includes applications to the New RISF so please feel free to call us by looking at any of our information as detailed by clicking here. (Opens in a new window)

Who is Mary Higgins?


Mary Higgins has been nominated as the CEO of the Board. Mary was previously Director of the Homeless Agency and Director of the Homeless initiative. Additionally to this Mary also held the position of Director of Threshold. More recently Mary was a Social and Management Policy Consultant and sat on the Network created by the St. Stephen's Green Trust, which assists and deals with a number of Survivor Groups assisting them in the delivery of their services. As part of this work she also carried out research into the needs of Survivors of Institutional Abuse, of which can be viewed by clicking here. Having dealt with Mary on a Professional capacity over the last 24 months, we can assure our Clients that Mary is very aware of Survivors needs and we very much view her appointment as a positive step for the advancement of Survivors lives.


So What now?


Now that the Board has been announced and the CEO put in place, they will meet to discuss the eligibility criteria. This will mean how does a Survivor apply for support, what can they apply for etc. Once this is finalised we hope to be in a position to inform our members and clients immediately through the delivery of this information by post, by phone and through local media outlets.

Micheál Walsh on Deise AM Radio re: Magdalene Laundries and Opening of New Offices



Recently our Outreach Manager for the Waterford and Eastern Region was asked to come onto, Waterfords Most listened to Radio Show, Deise AM with Billy McCarthy to discuss the recent publication of the Magdalene Laundries Report.

In this Interview Micheál Discussed the Report further and again re-iterated the importance to recognise the possibility the report had to re-traumatise Survivors of Institutional Abuse.

In the Second Part of the Interview, Micheál went on to discuss the opening of the New Drop In and Educational Centre for Right of Place Second Chance that has been two years in the development and looked to appeal for support from the public of Waterford.

It is important to note the support that has been generated from the public and the assistance that was offered as soon as the radio interview was complete. We are particularly grateful to the lady from Waterford City who called 5 minutes after the Interview and has aided us in getting much of the Office furniture that was/is needed.

Whilst she did not want to be named, our Heartfelt thanks to her and to the other individual's who called and offered what they could and who had heard of the work that we were doing and were only to eager to offer their assistance.


The interview can be listened to here:

Please note interview is

  1. DEISE AM - Thursday 21st of February
  2. Second Part to Listen to and begins on 25 minutes.

PLEASE CLICK HERE - (Opens in a New Window)

Information for Magdalene Laundry Survivors Compensation/Support Package


What does it Mean?


As of yet the final details of any compensation/support package are yet to be announced. So it is important you are aware of this. The Government are cognisant of the difficulties created by the adverserial Residential Institutions Redress Scheme and they are eager for this not to occur again. As such Judge John Quirke has been tasked with forming a view and creating a fair and just compensation package. To this degree the Terms of Reference have already been agreed. Which you can view by clicking here


Who is Judge John Quirke

Judge Quirke is president of the Law Reform Commission and a highly thought of an well regarded Judge within the judicial system in Ireland. He is tasked with completing the Terms of Reference within three months which will afford Survivors of Magdelene Laundries access to compensation and any support packages that may be made available.


I hear there has been Money already handed over

The Government is to hand over €250,000 to the UK based support Group Step by Step who are tasked with ensuring Survivors receive Counselling and Support Services. This is and does not form part of the final compensation package but is being provided for Support to UK Survivors of Magdalene Laundries. No such scheme/support has been announced for Ireland presently, however as always our Offices and Support Structures will remain open and you can contact us by clicking here for our details.


If I am a Survivor of Magdalene Laundries how do I make my myself known for support

This aspect is crucial in ensuring you are aware, kept informed and have your say into how future supports are to be shaped.

It is therefore important to note, you are asked to register your details with the Department of Justice and Equality. You are asked to write into:

Magdalene Laundry Fund,

C/O Department of justice and Equality,

Montague Court,

Montague Street,

Dublin 2.


Knowing the difficulties this may cause and the possibility to affect you when writing in, it is important to be aware of our Office Structure. Should you need any assistance in writing the letter, before, during or after please call into one of our offices. We offer free Counselling, support in access to Housing/Welfare/Education, we also offer an Outreach Service should you need us to come to you and an advocacy service should you want or need anyone to write or speak on your behalf. Any additional information or supports needed please feel free to phone any of your local offices or drop into any of your local offices.

Finally once again we would like to congratulate the real drivers and Advocacy groups who have fought so hard for the historic day that we witnessed last night. To Justuce for Magdalenes, Magdalene Survivors Together and to the Irish Women Survivors Support Network and the countless individuals who told their story, we say well done, for your hard work and dedication in the face of the most severe adversity!


Taoiseach Makes an Historic Apology to Magdelene Laundry Survivors



Taoiseach Enda Kenny has apologised to the women who spent time in the Magdalene laundries. (To read the full apology Click Here)

In an emotional speech, which was greeted by loud applause, Mr Kenny said: "This is a national shame for which I say again I am deeply sorry and offer my full and heartfelt apologies."

Opening the Dáil debate tonight on the McAleese report, Mr Kenny said the Magdalene laundries were reserved for what was offensively and judgementally called fallen women.

The women, he added, were wholly blameless.

He added: "I, as Taoiseach, on behalf of this State, the Government and our citizens, deeply regret and apologise unreservedly to all those women for the hurt that was done to them, for any stigma they suffered as a result of the time they spent in the Magdalene laundry."

Mr Kenny said the women deserved more than a formal apology.

He said the Government had asked the president of the Law Reform Commission, Judge John Quirke, to undertake a three-month review and make recommendations about the criteria that should be applied in assessing the help the Government could provide in the area of payments and other supports, including medical cards, psychological and counselling services and other welfare needs.

The terms of reference for Judge Quirke were published this evening following Mr Kenny's speech.

When Judge Quirke has reported, a fund will be established to assist the women based on his recommendations.


"I am confident that this process will enable us to provide speedy, fair and meaningful help to the women in a compassionate and non-adversarial way," Mr Kenny said.

"The reality is..... that for 90 years ..... Ireland subjected these women and their experience..... to a profound and studied indifference," Mr Kenny said.

"We now know that the State itself was directly involved in over a quarter of all admissions to the Magdalene Laundries."

Mr Kenny said he hoped the publication of the McAleese Report and the Government's apology would make a contribution to the healing process.

For decades thousands of women and girls, often unmarried mothers and women who left their husbands, were placed into work-houses.

Concluding his apology, Mr Kenny said: "Let me hope that this day and this debate heralds a new dawn for all those who feared that the dark midnight might never end."

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he wanted to join the Taoiseach "in offering, on behalf of the State and the Irish people, a heartfelt apology to the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries."

Commenting on the possibility of restitution, he said there was "a role" for the religious orders which ran the laundries, "to make a fair contribution, along with the taxpayer".

"These laundries were private businesses, run by those orders, which benefited from the unpaid labour of the women committed to them," he said.

Earlier, Independent councillor Mannix Flynn spoke at a candle-lit vigil which was held in solidarity with the women outside Leinster House.

Mr Flynn said the laundries represented “a regime of torture and a regime of slavery throughout this country.”

He said there were “many more” such scandals to be uncovered. He added that "we must remember the children out there still looking for their mothers."

Spokeswoman for Justice for Magdalenes Claire McGettrick said "these women are our sisters,our mothers, grandmothers, our neighbours and our friends."

"For decades they have walked a lonely road," she said.

The vigil was organised by the Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) group and the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Singer Mary Coughlan also took part.

Support package

Three groups that have represented the women – JFM, the London Irish Women Survivors Support Group and Magdalene Survivors Together – agree that a package to assist the women should include pensions, healthcare, counselling, housing services and advice.

They also agree that lump-sum compensation should be paid to them. JFM has proposed a €100,000 sum in addition to a package of services including pensions and lost wages. That figure “reflects that women are forgoing important legal rights to go before the courts”, JFM has said.

At the weekend Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch said the package provided to the women would be assessed on an individual basis.

The McAleese report found that the State referred or facilitated the transfer of at least 26.5 per cent of women to the laundries, based on available records. It also found direct State involvement in key areas such as the funding and inspection of the laundries.

More than 10,000 women and girls entered the 10 laundries between 1922 and 1996. Referrals made or facilitated by the State included 2,124 of the 8,025 cases for which reasons are known.

The report also stated that 61 per cent of the women spent less than a year in the laundries and that their average age at time of entry was 24.

©Irish Times 19-Feb-2013

Current Vacancy - New Job Opening

Current Vacancy Available at Right of Place Second Chance


Further to our development over the last two years a job opportunity has become available in Right of Place Second Chance. This opportunity has become available through the JobBridge Programme to which the applicant who is hired will receive:

An Allowance of €50 per week will be paid, in addition to your current Social Welfare Payment.

The Position: Ref. INTE-740725 Fundraising Officer

Department: Reporting to Financial and Administration Department

Region: Based in HQ in Cork City



The intern will gain practical experience in Marketing, Event Management, Public Relations, Reporting and a deeper understanding of the community and Voluntary Sector. Will also develop and liaise with all levels of an organisation. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Reporting, Marketing, Developing Strategies, IT Skills and Communications. On completion the intern will have attained skills in Dealing with all Levels of an organisation. Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, Marketing and Promotion, Report Writing and Developing and implementing National Marketing Strategies.

Skills Requirements

The ideal candidate will be able to work on their own and as part of a team. Will be able to be creative and committed to the Organisation, with an acute ability to develop and foster ongoing relationships with donors and supporters.




The Organisation will assign a mentor to support you during the Internship.


9 Months

Number of Positions


Contract Type

9 Month Internship

Days, Hours & Start Date

Days per week: To be Advised
Hours per day: Not specified
Hours per week: 30
Start Date: TBC

Experience Required:

No Experience Required

Education Requirements:

A minimum qualification level is not necessary for this application, however Relevant degree/certificate will be an advantage


Whilst this role is on a temporary, 30 hour a week basis for 9 months, it is hoped that this position will become a full time contracted basis, but this is dependent upon the total fundraising income generated by the applicant in their time with Right of Place Second Chance.

It is therefore a unique and fantastic opportunity for the Right Candidate.

How to Apply

Please send a C.V and cover Letter to:

Micheal Walsh, 100-101, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork City.

Alternatively e-mail C.V and Cover Letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact arrangements must be followed exactly as stated by the employer as they are the preferred method of contact.


Right of Place Second Chance
100 - 101, Offices and Apartments
Right of Place,
Lower Glanmire Road
Cork City


1890 200 709


021 4551386


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Closing Date:

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th march 2013 at 4.30pm