Sunday July 5, 2020

Sisters with voices: The lobbying activities of the Sisters of Mercy and the congregation's troubled history

The nuns of the Sisters of Mercy congregation are active lobbyists in many areas, most notably the environment and justice. But the order must also make peace with their own past and the cruelty of the industrial schools, writes Barry J Whyte

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

30th June, 2019
Sr Margaret Twomey at St Leo’s Convent of Mercy in Carlow: ‘In more recent years, there’s been more interest among the congregation in ecology issues’

In December 2015, as the then taoiseach Enda Kenny was getting ready to fly to Paris to address the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP 21, he received a petition.

Organised by a number of charities and activist groups including Trócaire, Friends of the Earth and Uplift, they called on Kenny to use the talks as an opportunity to “lead rather than plead” on climate change.

Among the thousands of signatories...

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