Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD expresses sympathy on the death of Christine Buckley


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“A truly remarkable woman whose courage knew no bounds”

It is with profound sorrow that I learned today of the death of Christine Buckley, a truly remarkable woman whose courage knew no bounds.

Her decision to speak publicly about the ordeals she suffered - at a time when Ireland had barely begun to acknowledge its awful abuse legacy, yet alone confront it - helped to ensure that the stories of thousands of others would eventually be heard too.

From pushing for an independent inquiry into places like Goldenbridge to co-founding the Aislinn Centre, Christine never stopped advocating for victims of institutional abuse.

When she was named both Irish Volunteer of the Year and European Volunteer of the Year in 2009, it was said of Christine that her work changed lives every day. That will continue to be the case long after her passing, and her legacy will be immense.

As Christine’s husband Donal said today: “She fought for everyone.”

I feel privileged to have met Christine Buckley, for she was heroic, in the true sense of the word, and she will be sadly missed.

I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Donal and their children, Cliona, Darragh and Conor.

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