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Conference marking the 20th Anniversary of the State apology to survivors – ‘Facing the future together’

May 2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of the State apology to survivors of institutional abuse and the 10th Anniversary of the publication of the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (the Ryan Report). This conference being organised by the Christine Buckley Centre and friends called ‘Facing the future together – Discussing Ireland’s lifelong responsibility to the survivors of institutional abuse’ will explore the progress made since these events and more importantly discuss the supports that survivors continue to need in the long term.

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Conference Agenda

Saturday 11th May 2019  – 10am – 1.45pm


Conference Chair: Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland

Professor Alan Carr, Head of the UCD School of Psychology – Services Supporting Recovery from Trauma: Implications of Research of the Psychological Effects of Institutional Abuse

Senator Ivana Bacik, role of the State in providing continued supports to survivors of institutional abuse

Micheál Walsh, Right of Place – After the Spotlight, Submission to Government on the long-term support for survivors of institutional abuse and their families in Ireland

Catherine Hennessey, ICAP – Home thoughts from Abroad: Reflections on the future needs of UK based adult survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse

Counselling Services, the importance of counselling supports for survivors of institutional abuse and their families

Nicola Perry, Project Manager, Community ResponseSurvivors & Addiction

Grace Sheridan, Exploring positive adaptation after institutional childhood abuse

Fergus Finlay, Closing Address

A panel discussion will take place on the future needs of Survivors of institutional abuse, panel members to be announced

Who should attend

  • Government representatives
  • Policy Makers
  • Social Workers
  • Health Services Staff
  • Local Authority Representatives
  • Counsellors & Therapists
  • Designated Liaison Persons (DLP)
  • Irish and international Survivor Support groups
  • Survivors of institutional abuse
  • Academics and researchers

We aim for an inclusive, diverse conference that respects the importance of all voices being heard. We are conscious that some people may not have the ability to pay or may need alternative payment arrangements. You may contact in confidence and we will do our best to accommodate you.

ISL Interpreters will be available at this event. If you require any supports on the day or have any general queries about this event, please contact


This conference has been organised in Partnership with

  • Christine Buckley Centre
  • Barnardos Origins
  • Caranua
  • One in Four
  • HSE National Counselling Service
  • Right of Place
  • Towards Healing