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# Roderic O'Gorman

This month
March 2023
# Online abuse
Roderic O'Gorman speaks out about 'vicious abuse' against LGBT+ community
The Green Party minister said he is subjected to daily abuse on social media.
Opinion: The argument for more ministers? Just look at Roderic O'Gorman's workload
This argument isn’t about jobs for the boys and girls, writes Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne.
# Grace case
Government grants yet another year long extension to Grace case inquiry
The final report was due to be completed in May 2019, nearly four years ago.
Last month
February 2023
# heated debate
Mother and Baby Homes: 'Morally obnoxious' and 'callous' redress scheme passes Dáil vote
There were heated exchanges in the Dáil this evening as members of the opposition warned that the Government will face legal action.
'Onus on us all to challenge narrative that single males pose threat to communities', TDs told
The Department of Integration says finding accommodation for asylum seekers is “extremely difficult”.
# Domestic Violence
Paying workers a lower salary under domestic violence leave could put victims at risk, Govt warned
Fórsa said that any change to a victim or survivor’s normal rate of pay could ‘alert’ the abuser.
# urgent appeal
No buildings available so far after Minister's most recent urgent refugee accommodation appeal
Minister Roderic O’Gorman wrote to his ministerial colleagues recently in an urgent appeal for more properties.
# accommodation crisis
McGrath: 'Plea for large buildings to house refugees reflects the strain the system is under'
Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman has made an urgent plea to his colleagues for accommodation assistance.
# Redress
'I was the child of a fallen woman': Boyd Barrett gives powerful speech in Mother & Baby debate
The TD said the mother and baby home system perpetrated “shocking, perverted, twisted stuff”.
# redress scheme
'Mothers had their children ripped out of their arms': 24,000 people excluded from redress
The Mother and Baby Home redress scheme was sharply criticised by the opposition in the Dáil this evening.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Minister: 'No level of consultation' would change views of some on housing asylum seekers
Minister Roderic O’Gorman also expressed concern about the impact of some ‘untrue, online rumours’.
January 2023
# childminders
Children’s Minister to seek approval to alter legal status of childminders
The move would allow parents to qualify for the National Childcare Scheme if they have a registered childminder.
# Citywest
Citywest closes to new International Protection arrivals, but facility remains open for processing
The International Protection Accommodation Service will continue to provide accommodation for IP families with children.
# Dublin
Calls for industrial buildings to be 'utilised' in response to impending Citywest closure
An advisor to the Irish Red Cross said industrial buildings should be utilised until ‘something more sustainable appears’.
Irish Sign Language Act 'not operating as intended' and is 'poor across most sections'
These were among the findings of the first report on the implementation of the Irish Sign Language Act (2017).
# Ukraine
Modular houses to come on stream as Cabinet briefed on refugee accommodation crisis
Many hotels currently under contract with the Department of Integration will revert to tourist trade in March and April.
Last year
# redacted lives
'Five grand can't give me my son back': Mother and Baby Home survivors hit out at redress plans
The final episode of Redacted Lives explores redress and plans to finally excavate the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam.
The final episode of Redacted Lives explores redress and plans to finally excavate the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam
Survivors believe State could face further legal action if so many people remain excluded from redress scheme, Órla Ryan reports
Maria Arbuckle says: "Five grand isn't going to change my life. My son being taken off me changed my life."
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Final episode explores redress and plans to excavate Tuam mother and baby home site
The final episode in the series features an interview with Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman.
In the sixth and final episode in the series, A Living Wound, we hear from Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman
Also in this episode, survivors explain why they disagree with the Government’s approach to redress and other issues
As Maria Arbuckle said: "“Five grand isn’t going to change my life. My son being taken off me changed my life."
# East Wall
East Wall: Donohoe says residents raised 'important and sensitive' matters relating to housing of refugees
Protests have taken place in East Wall this week.
# Excavation
Recruitment launched for Director who will oversee excavation of Tuam mother and baby home site
The recovery of remains at the site is expected to begin early next year.
# leaking tents
'Inhuman and degrading': Concerns over tented accommodation for asylum seekers in Athlone
A refugee and asylum seekers support organisation working in the area describe the situation as ‘quite critical’.
The Department of Equality and Integration confirmed 146 people are accommodated in tents at the site.
New Horizon, a local refugee and asylum seekers support organisation, describe the conditions as 'inhuman and degrading'.
Its chair told The Journal: 'You cannot have people in tents at the beginning of December in Ireland.'
# ukrainian refugees
East Wall: Minister to meet residents as Tánaiste says people don't have 'veto' on who lives nearby
A spokesperson for the Minister confirmed that a meeting would take place this week.
# Dublin
Minister says East Wall 'leaflet drop' is planned amid dispute over asylum seeker accommodation
Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward said there ‘seems to be a complete lack of planning from the Department’.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Mother and Baby Homes: Forum says Tusla is 'erratic, dysfunctional and devoid of trust'
The Collaborative Forum’s report was finally published today – four years after it was compiled.
# legal delays
Mother and Baby Homes: Collaborative Forum's report to finally be published - after years of delays
One member of the forum has said it’s largely pointless to publish the report now.
# Redress
Government told to sue religious orders, or seize their assets, if they refuse to pay redress
Kathleen Funchion said the fact that pharma companies will not pay towards redress, and that religious orders may not pay, is “absolutely disgusting”.
# Refugees
O'Gorman 'can't rule out' refugees sleeping on streets as Citywest closes to new arrivals
It was reported yesterday that the Citywest facility has now reached capacity.
# Redress
'€5,000 for your child being taken? You would get multiples of that for a whiplash injury'
Opposition TDs have sharply criticised the Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme.
# Redress
Mother and Baby Homes: People will have up to five years to apply for redress under new scheme
New payment bands for compensation have now been confirmed.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Mother and Baby Homes: Survivors say redress scheme ignores the trauma of family separation
The controversial €800 million scheme was approved by the Cabinet today.
# review scrapped
Mother and Baby Homes: Some consequences - like testimonies - are more important than others
Nearly two years after the Commission of Investigation published its final report, survivors are still being ignored, Órla Ryan writes.
# information and tracing act
'A historic moment': Adopted people can access information about their birth from today
The new law allows people who were adopted or boarded out to access information about their origins.
# fleeing russia
No spike in people seeking asylum from Russia in Ireland, O'Gorman says
Minister Roderic O’Gorman said applications made will also be treated on an “individualised basis”.
# budget 2023
Minister hopes parents using childminders will benefit from cheaper childcare next year
Roderic O’Gorman says some childminders are concerned about what a new regulatory system will mean for them.
# work life balance bill
Victims of domestic violence to be entitled to five days of paid leave under new plans
It is one of a number of measures in the Work Life Balance Bill.
# boarded out
'100 years of injustice': Survivors call for mother and baby home redress scheme to be extended
“Violation of human rights could become a thorn in the side of this Government.”
# childcare providers
Childcare providers welcome ‘historic’ wage increase deal
Early years teacher and Siptu activist Deborah Reynolds said that it was a ‘historic day for our profession’.
# Newbridge
Kildare protest against housing for Ukrainians postponed as group to meet minister
A local group said it has a range of issues with plans for modular homes in Newbridge.
# Childcare
Childcare fees should fall by 50% over the next two Budgets, says minister
Minister Roderic O’Gorman said his focus is on improving affordability for parents in this year’s Budget.
Tusla cannot confirm how many records it has about St Gerard's mother and baby home
A report by
Órla Ryan
The Child and Family Agency refused an FOI request from Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan, saying it could not locate records about his sister.
Tusla confirms it has records about St Gerard's but can't say how many, Órla Ryan reports
The agency said it cannot read the documents unless a person requests them via FOI or under GDPR
Tusla refused an FOI request from Peter Mulryan, saying it cannot locate records about his sister
'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record