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To our shame

IN Victorian times, when mental health institutions were established, the preferred practice was to place the buildings outside the confines of the town. In large green spaces, away from the enquiring eyes of the general public, those with what might today be described as learning difficulties were secreted away and held. Looking back at what many might describe as unenlightened times, we hope that we have progressed in a modern age. Judging from the report published this week by the Irish State’s mental health inspectors, this seems not to be case.

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