The child was more malevolent, I think, than the adolescent, because at least the adolescent had love as an excuse.
The bad luck was primarily asthma, a condition inherited, I suppose, from my father who had spent a year in hospital as a child because of it. I'm afraid stealing became second nature to me, and the boys changing room was the place to start. 'There always something sly about you, Fry.' There was a way some masters and prefects had of pronouncing my surname that seemed to me, in my guilt, to mean cunning and unclean and ratty and devious and unhealthy and deceitful and duplicitous and sly. We didn't have to take the 11-plus as we were all bound for public schools, but a master suggested we try the exam for fun.
Later, I became adept at using my asthma to get out of undesirable activities. Up and down the pegs I would go, lightly tapping the trousers and blazers until I heard the chink of coins. I am trying hard, even now, to forgive myself for those years of stealing. On my headmaster's desk, I came upon the list which called itself 11-plus results.
They are be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €25,000.
The specific complaint relates to an interview conducted on 'The Meaning of Life' with Mr Fry. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?
A garda source said the matter is being investigated.
"A complaint has been received and it is currently being investigated.If I had not been sent away, I should have wondered what was wrong with me.It is also true that the ineptly hidden distress of my mother at the end of the school holidays gave me more direct testament of absolute love than most children are ever lucky enough to receive at an early age. My brother and I were unlikely to follow in his footsteps."Pakistan and other repressive states pointed to our law as an example of a law they wished to pursue.Stephen was was diagnosed with psychothermia - which causes mood swings leading to disturbed behaviour - when he first started seeing the psychiatrist following his suicide attempt in Uganda four years ago.Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a qualified barrister who campaigned against the introduction of the law in 2009, said this was a "most unusual" case.