Children claimed by Protestants placed in Church of Ireland industrial schools
A Dublin court heard yesterday that a mother, Teresa O’Neill, unable to support her children, handed them into the care of the Church of Ireland. Opposing the order that the children stay in the Protestant Industrial School, was the Rev Thomas Farrell, whose solicitor argued that Mrs O’Neill and the children’s father were both Catholics and that the children should be returned to the care of that Church. Accusations were heard in court that the Church of Ireland was proselytising, and that it appeared that an agent of that Church had been paying the mother’s rent ever since the children had been handed over. The case continues.