Bethany Home survivor taking case to European court

Irish Independent

Jane O’Faherty

A Bethany Home survivor is taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights over his treatment at the mother and baby home.

Derek Leinster was born at the home in Rathgar, Dublin and has campaigned since 1998 for abuse victims who suffered there. Mr Leinster said taking the case to Strasbourg was one of the biggest undertakings the Bethany survivors had faced.

“I’ve been planning this for 17 years,” he said, adding that the remaining Bethany survivors were now “well into their 70s and 80s”.

“I’ve had solicitors telling me what a great case I have, but none have offered me anything more than their sympathy. I don’t need or want their sympathy. I want action.”

Bethany Home was a privately- run residential institution mainly for women of the Protestant faith.

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