Alliance Support Group

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The Alliance Victim Support Group was established in 1999 to meet the needs of individuals who have been abused as children in Ireland's State-run residential institutions.

The group was founded in the context of the commitments made by the Irish Government to support individuals who were abused in Ireland's institutions, and to address their concerns.

Helping Abuse Survivors to Help Themselves

The Alliance Victim Support Group is a voluntary organisation. We provide practical, advisory and other services to survivors and their families, helping them cope with the effects of abuse.

We help survivors to obtain any financial assistance and compensation to which survivors are entitled, from Statutory bodies, such as Caranua.

We also seek to trace and reunite family members, where one or more of the family has been in a residential institution.

Book: The Boy from Glin Industrial School

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The Alliance Vicitim Support Group are proud to support the recent publication of The Boy from Glin Industrial School, by Thomas Wall.

Thomas is a survivor of Glin Industrial School, Co Limerick. When the Ryan Report into the abuse that took place in residential insitutions was released in 2009, Thomas vowed to write his personal account of his troubled history in Glin.

Featuring over 60 photographs, The Boy from Glin recounts in harrowing detail how Thomas was detained at just three years old, how he grew up enduring cold and hunger, was routinely beaten, and sexually abused by an adult Brother and older boys.

The story takes you inside the walls of the Industrial School and describes in detail the harsh regime the boys had to endure on a daily basis.

Review of The Boy from Glin

It should be required reading for everyone in power, political and otherwise, in this country and for every citizen. It is the story, in stark, unadorned language, of how we failed the children of the nation.

Norma Prendiville, Limerick Leader

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Download the Ryan Report

The Goverment report into the abuse that took place in Ireland's Residential Insitutitions was published on May 20th 2009.

Download the report from the Redress Board website

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