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# bessborough

This year
Planning application denied for apartments on former Bessborough Mother and Baby Home site
Cork City Council admitted in June that it was unable to find the burial place of twin babies who apparently died in Bessborough.
Last year
Planning permission sought for apartment buildings on site of former Mother and Baby Home
The burial place of 859 children who died at the Co Cork home is unknown.
'Pregnant from Ireland' - A term many people didn't know until recently, even the women themselves
Redacted Lives, a new podcast series about mother and baby homes, was released this week.
Redacted Lives, a new podcast series about mother and baby homes, was released this week
Episode one explores a certain term you may not have heard before: 'Pregnant from Ireland'
Some women labelled PFIs were brought back from the UK to Ireland against their will, like Terri Harrison
Redacted Lives: The first episode of our new documentary series is out now
'You're a Quinn, you're one of us': Woman adopted to US in 1960 finally meets her Irish family
After years of searching – and having the wrong name for her father – Mary Jo Sullivan met her family.
Mary Jo Sullivan spent her early years in Bessborough mother and baby institution in Cork, before being adopted to the US in 1960
After years of searching - and having the wrong name for her father - she finally met her family in September
'Search angels', DNA and a photograph made it happen, Órla Ryan reports
'€5,000 for your child being taken? You would get multiples of that for a whiplash injury'
Mother and Baby Homes: Survivors say redress scheme ignores the trauma of family separation
'These were babies, not numbers': New website documents deaths in mother and baby homes
Project Infant has been created by student Daniel Loftus.
'This isn't justice': Relatives criticise fact Bessborough site won't be excavated like Tuam
The burial place of over 850 children who died in Bessborough mother and baby home, or shortly after being transferred to hospital from there, remains unknown.
Council unable to find burial place of babies despite checking records of 13 graveyards
Mary Donovan’s siblings are among the 923 children who died at Bessborough mother and baby institution in Cork.
Cork City Council has been unable to find the burial place of babies who apparently died in Bessborough, Órla Ryan reports
Mary Donovan believes her siblings may be buried in Bessborough - or have been adopted in the US
The twins are among 923 children who died at the mother and baby institution in Cork
'Significant victory' for campaigners as planning permission for Bessborough apartments is refused
All time
'The Irish Handmaid's Tale': Mother and Baby Home survivor says reality was worse than fiction
“We were just like machines for them, they definitely dehumanised us.”
'I am fuming, it's so disrespectful': Survivors react to commissioners' refusal to appear before Oireachtas
‘What the nuns said was sacrosanct, whereas our trauma was dismissed as stories’
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'
Minister tells survivors he believes them as opposition call report 'whitewashed fiction'
'Yet another blow to survivors': Women get few answers as Commissioner defends report
A number of Mother and Baby Home survivors finally got to hear from a Commissioner today – it did not go to plan.
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
'Women would disappear and no one said anything': Breaking the silence on mother and baby homes
'Significant victory' for campaigners as planning permission for Bessborough apartments is refused
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”.
Geraldine was born in St Patrick's, her sister Pauline was born in Bessborough - 50 years later they found each other
Four years ago a social worker “stumbled across” information that would change their lives forever.
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
Bessborough survivor says more women 'will die not knowing if their child is rotting in a septic tank'
Bessborough survivor says more women 'will die not knowing if their child is rotting in a septic tank'
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.
'It's a children's burial ground': Expert claims map of Bessborough site is correct
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'
The developer has said it is “highly unlikely” the land in question is a burial site, but that this can’t be ruled out.
'Is she dead or alive?': Call for inquests into deaths at mother and baby homes
One Tuam survivor told the Oireachtas Children’s Committee he wants to know if his sister is buried at the site, or still alive.
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
Part of controversial plans for apartments at Bessborough refused planning permission
Survivors of Bessborough mother and baby home have welcomed the news.
Babies from Cork County Home were buried in coffins with adults or amputated limbs
A Bessborough survivor has said the revelations are “heartbreaking and shocking”.
Mother and baby home survivor sues State and order of nuns over alleged treatment at Bessborough
The action is understood to be one of the first brought following the publication of the final report by the commission of investigation earlier this month.
Premature births and malnutrition: how infant mortality in one home rose to 900% of national rates
The findings were revealed in the final report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission today.
Minister expresses serious concerns about planning permission for apartments at Bessborough site
Roderic O’Gorman has asked planners to read today’s Commision of Investigation’s findings on burials at the former mother and baby home.
5-year investigation finds at least 9,000 children died in Ireland's mother and baby homes
Infant human remains were located during an excavation at Sean Ross mother and baby home, but appear to have been buried in coffins, unlike at Tuam.
Document details the experiences of women and children who lived in 14 mother and baby homes and four county homes.
Commission recommends redress, services such as counselling and enhanced medical cards.
Taoiseach to give State apology over mother and baby homes in the Dáil tomorrow.
'Accept responsibility and we might accept your apology': Survivors brace themselves for mother and baby home report
The long-awaited report will be published today – and survivors want “urgent” action on foot of it.
How a 'surprising' lack of burial records impacted the work of the mother and baby home commission
Ahead of the commission’s final report being published tomorrow, we’re taking a look back at its interim reports.
Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January
The report will be published on the week of 11 January, Minister Roderic O’Gorman has confirmed.
'The country is sick of things being brushed under the carpet': What could a national archive on abuse look like?
Survivors want Ireland to face up to its past – but there are different views on the best way to do this.
Taoiseach not anticipating 'obstacles or barriers' to publishing Mother and Baby Home report
Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?
Nuns accused of 'run and grab all' as Bessborough campus put up for sale
€30 million in State funding has been spent on the site over the last two decades.
Republic of Shame: 'One woman came in wearing two corsets to hide her pregnancy'
A new book seeks to highlight how much this period in Irish history still impacts on people today.
Diarmuid Martin: 'It's hard to believe that evidence has simply vanished and that no one can remember'
He called on the Church to avoid returning to attitudes it had shown in the past.
Bessborough nun claims she doesn't remember any child deaths - there were 31 during her time there
The commission said the affidavit from the congregation that ran the mother and baby home was “speculative, inaccurate and misleading”.
'Straight away you could feel the horror of it': Nuns 'changed baby's name so he'd be easier to sell'
Bridget said her son’s name was changed from William to Gerard as he would be easier to offload.
'I gave birth to my child on a metal table at 18, alone in a room in a convent'
Deirdre Wadding says her time in the Cork mother and baby home in 1981 has haunted her ever since.
Handover of 25,000 mother-and-baby files indicates "scale and breadth" of investigation
Some 25,000 files have been handed over by the Sacred Heart Adoption Society to the Cork offices of Government agency ‘TUSLA’.
Here's how to make a submission to the mother and baby homes inquiry
Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan has encouraged those who wish to make a submission to “act without delay”.
Ten mother and baby homes carried out vaccine trials on almost 300 children - report
It is believed the trials took place between 1960 to 1976.