Jan 09 2015

Portrait of a child: Dennis O’Neill 1932 – 1945

Tag: Family Life,Newswendy @ 3:00 am

dennisoneilDennis O’Neill was born in Newport, Wales on the 3rd of March 1932. He was your average little boy who enjoyed doing all the mischievous, fun things that all little boys like to do. He was born into a large family, his parents were very poor. Dennis had older brothers and sisters but he was closer to his two younger brothers Terry and Freddie. Dennis was particularly close to his younger brother Terry who he met up and played with after school each day, Dennis was very protective of Terry. The little boys were often hungry and cold in their home but they did not know physical cruelty. Dennis went to school and would come out each day and meet little Terry in the street, Dennis would walk towards Terry with one foot on the road and one foot on up the kerb, doing a funny kind of walk just for some fun. One day in 1940 Dennis, Terry and Freddie were taken from their parents and placed into foster care.

Dennis and his younger brothers went on to live in different places a hospital at first then a children’s home and then in the homes of some very kind foster parents. Dennis enjoyed regular hot baths, delicious meals every day, going to school and to church. Dennis enjoyed playing in open fields with his brothers at these foster homes; he told Terry scary stories as they walked home from school on dark wintry days, he collected watercress from river banks to take home and eat on sandwiches, he played in woods, he went bird nesting and he loved to swim and make dams in creeks with Terry and Freddie in the warm summer weather. Dennis loved to collect frogs and tadpoles in jam jars from ponds, he liked to play ‘aeroplanes and gliders’ with Terry in the open fields around the home where he lived with his kind foster parents. Dennis was protective of his younger brother Terry and defended him from school bullies. He made an apple pie at school one day and afterwards proudly shared it with his brothers. Dennis could be a tattle-tale from time to time, sometimes getting Terry into strife. Dennis was the boss, he said clever things and was a quiet, kind and well-mannered little boy.

In June 1944 Dennis and Terry were taken to live with new foster parents Reginald and Esther Gough at Bank Farm in Minsterly, Shropshire.

Dennis went to the local village school with Terry and made pocket money by picking crab-apples and selling them to local shop owners. Dennis worked very hard everyday doing his chores on the Gough farm with Terry working alongside him. He loved the animals, he was good at bringing in the horses and cows and feeding the chickens.  Dennis enjoyed visiting and playing with his youngest brother Freddie who was living with a family at a neighbouring house. Dennis was good at school, he and Terry looked out for each other. Dennis worked hard and did his best to please at all times. Dennis had dark hair and was a good looking young boy. At the age of 12, Dennis was a well-behaved, quiet and polite little boy.

On the 8th January 1945, Dennis was violently beaten by Reginald Gough.

On the 9th January 1945, 70 years ago today, Dennis died in his bed from his injuries.

Dennis O’Neill is more than just a name on the files of untold numbers of court, government and social services documents.  He is more than the subject of an inquiry, more than a wiki page, the subject of blog posts and cause for change. Dennis O’Neill was a real little boy who loved to run and play and get into scrapes, who lived and laughed and went to school and had friends. He was a son and is a brother and an uncle. And for as long as his name is known and for as long as he is held dear by his remaining family and for as long as we who read about him and care about what happened to him…..he will be remembered and loved.


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Jan 08 2015

On a winters day in Paris, 2015

Tag: Literature,Newswendy @ 7:29 am









” Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it”. Victor Hugo (1802-1885).

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Dec 10 2014

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to fight for abortion rights in Northern Ireland

Tag: Female Topics,health/lifestyle,Newswendy @ 4:44 pm

The NIHRC is set to go to court to challenge the unfair and inhumane laws that deny women access to safe legal abortion in this country. Presently women who are victims of rape or incest are forbidden to terminate their unwanted pregnancies in Northern Ireland which is out of step with the rest of the UK and out of step with many other countries around the world.

Forcing such women to be locked into giving birth to babies they never asked for and whose conceptions were forced upon them in acts of violence is an atrocious violation of their human rights and thankfully this at last is being recognised and challenged.

Currently the rights of the fetus are held in line with those of the woman which creates a grave contradiction of the law because once fetal rights are upheld the woman’s right to bodily autonomy becomes invalid – she is forced to proceed with a pregnancy against her will. This is unacceptable and I will be strongly supporting the NIHRC in their challenge.


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Dec 05 2014

Pregnant lady puts Abort67 bullies firmly in their place outside London clinic.

Tag: Female Topics,Newswendy @ 11:29 am

I love this woman – facing down the anti-choice bullies who were filming and harassing women entering a women’s health clinic in London. Just around the corner from this scene is a welfare centre that addresses the needs of children living in poverty, children experiencing abuse in their homes, children who are deprived and neglected – so why are these people with their fetal-obsession and pro-life fantasies not around the corner at that centre protesting about BORN children suffering every single day from abuse, neglect and deprivation…? because they prefer to target the fetus while it is still in the woman’s body…and why? because they know damn well they cannot blame, explain away or justify the way their ‘god’ allows children to die from abuse, neglect and deprivation every day. It is far easier to focus on the fetus and blame the woman for what happens to it because it is inside HER body and beyond the control of ‘god’. These people don’t care about women and they certainly don’t care about how children suffer once they are born – where were these people when a distressed mother dumped her newborn baby in a bin in England just recently? where are these people when babies are dumped every single day in bins as soon as they are born? they are nowhere except in the faces of vulnerable pregnant women who seek to avoid bringing unwanted and unneeded babies into the world and who seek to avoid the distress of having to give birth and either hand the baby over to someone else or feel the need when in great distress to dump it in a bin. These people seek to create more dumped babies than they seek to help babies once they are born. As long as it is born they don’t care what horrors await it afterwards.


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