A SURGERY of sexual abuse at a city school in Limerick is planning to attend protests this weekend that coincide with Pope Francis' visit to Ireland.
John Boland, a former student at Creagh Lane National School, hopes to travel to participate in marches and vigil to be held in solidarity with victims of swear words while the Pope attends the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.
Thousands are expected to be the & # 39; Stand4Truth & # 39; Attending march this Sunday from the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square in Dublin.
According to organizer Colm O & # 39; Gorman of Amnesty International, the event is intended for "anyone who wants to show solidarity with those who have suffered damage through the actions of the institutional Roman Catholic Church."
Mr. Boland, a spokesman for the Creagh Lane group, is one of the 19 ex-students who were sexually abused as a child by their teacher, who was then a Christian brother.
Mr Boland said that much of the conversation concerning Pope Francis's visit was focused on whether he would meet survivors of abuse or not.
"In my opinion, the survivors who meet the pope would only be a PR exercise," Boland said.
"I would not sit down or meet the Pope unless there was something solid to discuss with him, not just for a photo session."
"It seems to me that with the way the tone of the conversation goes at national level, it seems like the Vatican is ashamed, so they think they can spend five minutes with victims going somewhere else, I do not think that's right. is enough. & # 39;
"That's my opinion, maybe other survivors would agree with a meeting with the Pope, and that's entirely up to them, but it would not be my thing."
Others in the Creagh Lane group will also attend the protests, but it is up to each individual member whether they want to attend or not, Mr Boland said. "But I certainly will."
Meanwhile, the Creagh Lane group and other survivors of ill-treatment to Minister of Children Katherine Zappone have written to express their "deep pain", that she voted against a Dáil motion that would help them access financial compensation from the state.