#HumanRights and #Freedom of #Expression

Human Right and Freedom of Expression

And the Right to Access Information of Personal Data

The fundamental right to equality and freedom from discrimination is being abused by powerful institutions such as the Church and Governments not only in Ireland but all over the world.

Basic rights of human beings are brushed aside in order to STOP information being seen and heard by officials from the very people who have suffered at the hands of mother & baby homes, Magdalene laundries, orphanages and industrial schools, and, (Thats the one’s we know off).

Our human rights states that we should have freedom from torture and or degrading treatment, yet, many woman and children who had suffered such atrocities in the above institutions are now being treated as though they were at fault. (All over again).

They are being treated with no respect whatsoever, there is no heartfelt apologies being given by Church or State for the abuse they suffered, mentally, physically or sexually.

Nor have there been any full on apologies or acceptance by the Church or State for illegal stealing/selling of children from their biological mothers, nor for the mental abuse they have caused those children now adults in terms of how they came to understand why they were taken from the said parent/s.

Sadly we are ALL now aware of the hundreds/thousands of children buried in unmarked graves, buried without love or due care.

Many children through illness, even mothers, they were buried by the coldest hearts known to man.

I cannot and will not apologise for my words written because, although I am an outsider, I have a heart (A warm heart)! One that is in full support of ALL survivors of any type of abuse, especially abuse caused by Church and State, the very people who should adhere to our human rights as a nation and worldwide.

The Church and State MUST not only take full acceptance of responsibility, they must apologise, they must give verification of FACTS with full disclosure of the TRUTH, and the law MUST do its duty (A full declaration in judicial sanctions against the perpetrators of human rights violations, a search, for want of a better word, disappeared mothers & children, identification if possible? And reburial of bodies in a dignified manner.

The survivors of the above institutions who have to live with the injustices that were put upon their biological mothers and, which now continue to weigh heavily on their families lives presently with the burden of the UNKNOWN.

They must under no circumstances have to sit back while their own personal data (Which they have a right to) Allow the State to seal it for thirty years, possibly under the guidance of the Church?.

Every human being has the right to know where they came from, they have the right to know what happened to their mothers (If no longer alive, and their siblings).

While many understand that there is an element of privacy which MUST be adhered too, for those mothers and or siblings still alive, there is no reason whatsoever that those particular names and or addresses can’t be blanked out. 

However, any other information as to the survivors should NOT remain private, they have made it very clear that they want to know about their past, good or bad, and while they have shouted from the rooftops on many occasions about that fact, it is your DUTY to make that possible under human rights law.

On the 30 of October 2020, the full commission of investigation report is due (Long overdue) There must be nothing hidden in terms of the findings, survivors have the right to know the TRUTH in every aspect of the report. 

As an advocate/supporter to the survivors and any other who have suffered historical abuse, even now by any institutions and or individual I fully support their fight for justice.

Belinda Conniss



Cont’ Your Story Matters #MentalHealthAwareness

Your Story Matters – Mental Health Awareness

Incase you missed it? see my blog before this one on ‘Your Story Matters’


Here are some writing prompts to help you with your story, first though you want to begin your story with a really good sentence, one that will have the reader wanting more.

So read through the prompts below, pick the one that pops out at you, then, before you use that prompt think of you’re opening sentence.

If you feel adventurous enough you may use all prompts in your story, go on give it a bash!

Prompts –

Suddenly everything became blurry and dark…
The strangest thing happened after I…
On the other side of town…
My deepest secret…
Out of the blue, I heard footsteps in the empty, dark street…
Giving it her best, she finally…
Once again, I was late for…
Staring into the mirror…
I finally opened up my heart…
Waking up in a strange room was not something that he was expecting…

There is no time limit for your story, you may want to write a short story and take a few weeks, maybe you would like to write a full length novel? If the latter is the case then try the one page 300 words per day and take the whole year.

Remember if at any time you would like me to read any of your work or help you out then feel free to contact me.

The most important thing to remember is, writing is very therapeutic and will relieve stress and anxiety so try it, you may surprise yourself.


I am relatively new to writing myself, after writing on and off for several years, I finally published my first book back in 2016, so, I’m not a best selling author, but a girl can dream right! 😉

Your Story Matters #MentalHealthAwareness

Your Story Matters

You know, right now many of us are finding things very difficult during these unprecedented times, Covid has played a big part in everyone’s mental health.

Many have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, it’s all so sad that while the Government are sending people home to help stop the spread of the virus, the impact not only on businesses but individuals has been enormous.

I posted something on Facebook yesterday and it’s got me thinking about a quote: One page a day, just 300 words for a year and you’ll have written a novel. ~Stephen King

I know that for some a year seems like a long time, but as a writer myself I know only too well that while writing seems like a walk in the part, it’s actually so much more.

We have to make sure that we get it right and that can prove time consuming, but it is very good for stress.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you may live alone or you may be a parent who has children at home, everyone has a story. Begin with just a few scribbled notes in a notebook, then leave it for a day or two.

Eventually something will pop into your head, even those who are suffering right now, I have family who have suffered with mental health for years and one of the things I always say to them is; Write about it.

I’m not claiming to be a expert on mental health, however, I do firmly believe that there are some steps that can be taken to help relieve some of the stress, that hemmed in feeling, the feeling that nobody is listening.

That’s why I would like to encourage people to write, it can be about anything, including how you are feeling day to day, which is something that could benefit those who don’t understand mental health. Or perhaps you have some other ideas, like a children’s story or even a funny story.

I would also encourage children to use this method of writing, one of my daughters had an assignment in high school a few years ago, she had to write a short story about any subject.

When her teacher read that short story they took her aside and asked her if everything was okay at home? She laughed so hard because her story was that good, her teachers thought that she was going through what she had written. She has kept that short story because one day she will continue with it, it’s most definitely going to be a novel worth reading.

Stress and or anxiety has a huge impact on the everyday life of those suffering with mental health we must all be there for those who need us, even if it’s just a listenening ear.

So let’s begin, start with scribbled notes in your notebook, put it aside for a few days, then pick it up again and begin your first page, but remember only 300 words or a little less if you feel 300 is too much.

Even if you would like me to read over some of what you have written? I’m here, I am free to help you or anyone who would like some guidance, if you are unsure what to write about then I can help you there too.

Later in the week I will design a chart with various words/subjects and you can choose four of those to help you along, use the contact here on the website if you would like to ask me any questions I’m more than happy to help.

p.s You don’t need to have a computer to write, good old fashioned pen and paper will do just as good.

Happy writing ✍🏻 x