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'The Irish Handmaid's Tale': Mother and Baby Home survivor says reality was worse than fiction
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'The Irish Handmaid's Tale': Mother and Baby Home survivor says reality was worse than fiction

Sat 9:00 AM 19,436 Views 0 Comments

“We were just like machines for them, they definitely dehumanised us.”

Mother and Baby Homes: State argues that Philomena Lee and others taking legal action aren't recognisable in report
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Mother and Baby Homes: State argues that Philomena Lee and others taking legal action aren't recognisable in report

Wed 10:00 AM 18,141 Views 0 Comments
  • A number of survivors are seeking judicial reviews of the Commission of Investigation's final report
  • The Government is set to argue that Lee and others taking legal action are not identifiable in the final report, Órla Ryan reports
  • It will also stress the fact that, although set up by the Government, the Commission acted independently
Committee 'disappointed' by commissioners' refusal to attend meeting but 'accepts it'
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Committee 'disappointed' by commissioners' refusal to attend meeting but 'accepts it'

Tue 4:13 PM 8,419 Views 14 Comments

The Oireachtas Children’s Committee will work “very closely with the minister and the department regarding the next steps”.

'Rape' and 'incest' listed as 'current relationship status' options on Commission form
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'Rape' and 'incest' listed as 'current relationship status' options on Commission form

Jun 13th 2021, 12:05 AM 103,959 Views 0 Comments
  • A survivor's daughter says the approach is "incomprehensible" and raises "serious questions"
  • The woman's form is "littered with inaccuracies" and "in no way" captures her suffering
  • "In what world is rape or incest a relationship status?"
'I am fuming, it's so disrespectful': Survivors react to commissioners' refusal to appear before Oireachtas
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'I am fuming, it's so disrespectful': Survivors react to commissioners' refusal to appear before Oireachtas

Jun 12th 2021, 12:10 AM 18,912 Views 0 Comments
  • Mother and Baby Home survivors say recent developments have silenced them all over again, Órla Ryan reports
  • One of the women taking legal action against the Commission's findings says she will continue to fight for justice
  • The commissioners have refused the latest invitation to appear before the Oireachtas Children's Committee
Varadkar says refusal by Mother and Baby Homes commissioners to face Oireachtas is 'deeply regrettable'
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Varadkar says refusal by Mother and Baby Homes commissioners to face Oireachtas is 'deeply regrettable'

Updated Jun 11th 2021, 8:02 PM 39,760 Views 67 Comments
  • A first invitation was sent in February and a second in June
  • Both the Taoiseach and Tánaiste have urged the commissioners to answer questions
  • Oireachtas committee members unaware of the invite refusal until after the letter was reported
Minister tells survivors he believes them as opposition call report 'whitewashed fiction'
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Minister tells survivors he believes them as opposition call report 'whitewashed fiction'

Updated Jun 8th 2021, 9:50 PM 19,213 Views 5 Comments
  • Roderic O'Gorman has told survivors that the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes was not prohibited from using their testimony
  • "For my own part, I want to be clear - you are believed," the minister said
  • Survivors and relatives have said the latest revelations are "insulting" and "dehumanising", Órla Ryan writes
Data regulator wrote repeatedly to Mother & Baby Home Commission about handling of sensitive testimony
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Data regulator wrote repeatedly to Mother & Baby Home Commission about handling of sensitive testimony

Jun 7th 2021, 6:26 PM 18,808 Views 11 Comments

The Data Protection Commissioner raised concerns about the handling of survivor testimony and delays in responding to queries.

Pressure mounts on Mother and Baby Home commissioners as Oireachtas committee reissues invite
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Pressure mounts on Mother and Baby Home commissioners as Oireachtas committee reissues invite

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 3:25 PM 24,945 Views 16 Comments
  • Pressure is mounting on the commissioners to appear before the Oireachtas Children's Committee, Órla Ryan writes
  • The invitation asks the commissioners to attend a meeting on 17 June
  • Over 100 academics and historians have signed a letter outlining their concerns with the Commission's final report
How legal threats and the Ryan Commission's legacy impacted Mother and Baby Home inquiry
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How legal threats and the Ryan Commission's legacy impacted Mother and Baby Home inquiry

Jun 3rd 2021, 5:53 PM 16,456 Views 0 Comments
  • The potential legal action of survivors was seemingly not given the same consideration as legal action from religious orders, Órla Ryan writes
  • The Ryan Commission into child abuse continues to impact how we treat survivors of institutional abuse, a human rights lawyer has argued
  • There is mounting pressure for the commissioners to appear before the Oireachtas
'Yet another blow to survivors': Women get few answers as Commissioner defends report
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'Yet another blow to survivors': Women get few answers as Commissioner defends report

Jun 2nd 2021, 9:51 PM 45,066 Views 26 Comments
  • Commissioner defends Mother and Baby Home report in first public comments, saying 'ultra legal' approach was needed
  • 'My view is we've done a job and, basically, let's let others go and take it further,' Professor Mary Daly said
  • The evidence given by hundreds of survivors to the Confidential Committee was essentially discounted, Órla Ryan writes
Survivors and politicians express anger over Mother and Baby Home event
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Survivors and politicians express anger over Mother and Baby Home event

Updated Jun 2nd 2021, 3:30 PM 24,909 Views 12 Comments

Members of the Oireachtas Children’s Committee have criticised the fact that Professor Mary Daly will appear “behind closed doors”.

'Women would disappear and no one said anything': Breaking the silence on mother and baby homes
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'Women would disappear and no one said anything': Breaking the silence on mother and baby homes

May 29th 2021, 6:30 AM 17,197 Views 25 Comments

Survivors, adoptees and Christy Moore will perform in an event at the National Concert Hall tonight.

People identified in Mother and Baby Home records asked to contact Department of Children
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People identified in Mother and Baby Home records asked to contact Department of Children

May 28th 2021, 5:52 PM 9,669 Views 4 Comments

The department is asking for individuals’ contact details in case their data is in records requested under GDPR.

'Significant victory' for campaigners as planning permission for Bessborough apartments is refused
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'Significant victory' for campaigners as planning permission for Bessborough apartments is refused

Updated May 26th 2021, 2:18 PM 20,418 Views 23 Comments

An Bord Pleanála said it is “not satisfied that the site was not previously used as, and does not contain, a children’s burial ground”.

DNA testing for Mother and Baby Home sites could include 'aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews'
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# Identification Of Remains

DNA testing for Mother and Baby Home sites could include 'aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews'

May 18th 2021, 5:40 PM 8,342 Views 10 Comments

The minister has discussed plans for “very significant DNA-based identification process”.

'Groundbreaking' legislation will give adopted people access to birth certs and early life information
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'Groundbreaking' legislation will give adopted people access to birth certs and early life information

Updated May 11th 2021, 5:45 PM 45,284 Views 33 Comments
  • The legislation will provide a clear right of access for adopted people and others with questions on their origins to birth certs, birth and early life information.
  • The Bill will have to first undergo pre-legislative scrutiny, which is expected to take place in the coming months.
  • A separate memo addressing the issue of illegal birth registrations was brought to Cabinet this morning.
New helpline for Mother and Baby Home survivors concerned about risk still posed by abuser
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New helpline for Mother and Baby Home survivors concerned about risk still posed by abuser

May 5th 2021, 6:39 PM 6,670 Views 6 Comments

Tusla said perpetrators may have been involved in the abuse of multiple children over time.

Geraldine was born in St Patrick's, her sister Pauline was born in Bessborough - 50 years later they found each other
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Geraldine was born in St Patrick's, her sister Pauline was born in Bessborough - 50 years later they found each other

May 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 51,498 Views 0 Comments
  • Both women sought to find their birth parents, but instead discovered each other, Órla Ryan writes
  • A social worker 'stumbled across' information that changed their lives forever
  • They say adopted people have a right to their birth certs and medical history
Drew Harris says Mother and Baby Home crimes 'difficult to prosecute' despite reports of rape and incest
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Drew Harris says Mother and Baby Home crimes 'difficult to prosecute' despite reports of rape and incest

Updated Apr 29th 2021, 5:55 PM 17,496 Views 0 Comments

An Garda Síochána has found “insufficient evidence” in the Commission’s report to start any criminal investigations.

O'Gorman stresses GSK's 'moral obligation' over vaccine trials but company's position 'remains unchanged'
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O'Gorman stresses GSK's 'moral obligation' over vaccine trials but company's position 'remains unchanged'

Updated Apr 28th 2021, 3:22 PM 33,793 Views 0 Comments

Representatives from the pharmaceutical giant met with Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman today.

Bessborough survivor says more women 'will die not knowing if their child is rotting in a septic tank'
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Bessborough survivor says more women 'will die not knowing if their child is rotting in a septic tank'

Updated Apr 27th 2021, 6:15 PM 15,706 Views 6 Comments

The Children’s Committee today discussed legislation that would allow exhumations and re-interment of remains at the sites of former mother and baby institutions.

Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept
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Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept

Apr 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 48,056 Views 28 Comments

She lodged a complaint about the department’s ‘failure to comply with the assurances’ provided to her.

'My foster father wiped down everything I touched': Call to tackle racism in social care
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'My foster father wiped down everything I touched': Call to tackle racism in social care

Apr 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 51,970 Views 0 Comments

Ireland is repeating the mistakes of mother and baby homes, social workers have warned.

'It's a children's burial ground': Expert claims map of Bessborough site is correct
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'It's a children's burial ground': Expert claims map of Bessborough site is correct

Updated Apr 22nd 2021, 3:20 PM 18,468 Views 27 Comments

Survivors have criticised plans to build apartments at the site of a former mother and baby institution.

Survivors call plan to build apartments at Bessborough site 'an abhorrent act of desecration'
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Survivors call plan to build apartments at Bessborough site 'an abhorrent act of desecration'

Updated Apr 21st 2021, 6:00 PM 31,140 Views 21 Comments

The developer has said it is “highly unlikely” the land in question is a burial site, but that this can’t be ruled out.

UN asked to intervene over Ireland's response to 'systemic racism' in mother and baby homes
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UN asked to intervene over Ireland's response to 'systemic racism' in mother and baby homes

Apr 16th 2021, 6:00 AM 13,904 Views 0 Comments

The Association of Mixed Race Irish has asked the United Nations to visit Ireland and investigate institutional racism here.

'Is she dead or alive?': Call for inquests into deaths at mother and baby homes
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'Is she dead or alive?': Call for inquests into deaths at mother and baby homes

Updated Apr 14th 2021, 6:00 PM 18,253 Views 27 Comments
  • Inquests must be carried out into all deaths at mother and baby homes, Oireachtas told
  • One Tuam survivor wants to know if his sister is buried at the site, or still alive
  • Ireland 'must meet its domestic and international human rights obligations'
'There can be no more messing about': Push for law to allow exhumations at mother and baby homes
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# Burials Bill

'There can be no more messing about': Push for law to allow exhumations at mother and baby homes

Apr 14th 2021, 12:05 AM 10,630 Views 22 Comments
  • Legislation being debated today would allow excavations, exhumations and re-interment of remains at the sites of former mother and baby homes
  • Catherine Corless says as many sites as possible must be included
  • "The babies should have been taken out of there in 2017 when they were found," she says of Tuam
Philomena Lee among women taking legal action against findings in Mother and Baby Home report
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Philomena Lee among women taking legal action against findings in Mother and Baby Home report

Updated Apr 12th 2021, 3:40 PM 68,861 Views 0 Comments

Lee’s life story was made into an award-winning film, Philomena, in 2013.

'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'
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'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'

Apr 6th 2021, 4:46 PM 13,399 Views 16 Comments

Adopted people have called for long-awaited tracing and information legislation to be published as a matter of urgency.

'Pay us and acknowledge what happened': Mother and baby home survivors want compensation and a remembrance day
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'Pay us and acknowledge what happened': Mother and baby home survivors want compensation and a remembrance day

Apr 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 27,831 Views 41 Comments

Some survivors have also called on the government to take legal action against the religious orders who ran the institutions if they refuse to pay financial compensation.

Department apologises after 'careless' data breach of people attending mother and baby home redress meetings
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Department apologises after 'careless' data breach of people attending mother and baby home redress meetings

Mar 25th 2021, 4:12 PM 21,393 Views 12 Comments

Those affected by the breach are “deeply upset and distressed” by the sharing of their email addresses without their consent.

Campaigner Derek Leinster says Protestant survivors and those living abroad 'not a priority' for redress
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# Bethany Home

Campaigner Derek Leinster says Protestant survivors and those living abroad 'not a priority' for redress

Mar 25th 2021, 6:05 AM 21,940 Views 3 Comments

Leinster, who was born in Bethany Home in Dublin in 1941, has campaigned for redress for over 20 years.

UN asked to request that Irish govt sets up independent investigation into Mother and Baby Homes
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# Mother And Baby

UN asked to request that Irish govt sets up independent investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

Mar 24th 2021, 8:29 AM 10,168 Views 19 Comments

The Irish Council of Civil Liberties has written a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur.

'I spent 28 years wondering where my child was, they were 45 minutes down the road'
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'I spent 28 years wondering where my child was, they were 45 minutes down the road'

Mar 20th 2021, 8:00 AM 95,281 Views 0 Comments

A number of survivors of mother and baby homes have raised concerns about how their requests for personal files are being dealt with by the Department of Children.

Department says consulting firm was hired due to 'urgency' in setting up mother and baby home redress scheme
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# OAK Consulting

Department says consulting firm was hired due to 'urgency' in setting up mother and baby home redress scheme

Mar 17th 2021, 9:30 AM 16,524 Views 10 Comments

The government has hired OAK Consulting to oversee the consultation process at a cost of €20,000.

O'Gorman says adopted people will get birth certs and other information under new legislation
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O'Gorman says adopted people will get birth certs and other information under new legislation

Updated Mar 10th 2021, 5:10 PM 18,618 Views 15 Comments

The minister has also launched a consultation process for a redress scheme for survivors of Mother And Baby Homes.

Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry
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Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry

Mar 9th 2021, 4:26 PM 9,970 Views 12 Comments

Minister Roderic O’Gorman says “deep ethical issues” arise in relation to illegal birth registrations, and an inquiry may still happen.

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