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# mother and baby homes commission

Last year
# redacted lives
'Who paid for my flight? Who gave permission to take me out of England?'
Terri Harrison, who was taken from England to Ireland against her will in the 1970s because she was pregnant, wants answers.
Terri Harrison was taken from England to Ireland against her will in 1973 because she was pregnant and unmarried
She was forced into two different mother and baby institutions and her son was adopted without her consent
Decades later, she is still searching for answers, Órla Ryan reports
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# Survivors
'The correct thing to do': Mother and Baby Homes Commission members urged to appear before Oireachtas committee
Tánaiste Leo Vardakar said the authors of the report should come before the Oireachtas “without delay”.
# Criticism
Destruction of Mother and Baby Home tapes represents 'an imbalance of power', Dáil hears
Some survivors have expressed anger at the destruction of the audio testimony recordings.
Opinion: It's finally time to admit that the Government's legal advice on adoption is wrong
David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College, says the legal advice provided to Government in relation to rights of adopted children is flawed and a referendum on the matter is not needed.
# mother-and-baby homes
'I unreservedly apologise': Archbishop Martin accepts Church's part in mother and baby home scandal
The commission discovered that about 9,000 children died in the 18 homes under investigation.
# final report
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.
# survivor testimonies
'On admission her clothes were removed, her hair was cut. She was told: "You're here for your sins"'
The first-hand testimony from those who were sent to mother and baby homes are included in today’s landmark report.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Minister ‘determined’ State does right by mother and baby home survivors
The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes submitted its final report last Friday after five years of work.
# Explainer
Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?
The commission is due to submit its final report today, over five years after it was set up.
# clann project
Mother and baby home campaigners lodge complaint over Senator's comments
The Clann Project has called for Barry Ward to make a public apology.
# Legislation
President Higgins signs Mother and Baby Homes Bill into law
The President pointed out that his decision to sign the legislation “leaves it open to any citizens to challenge the provisions of the bill”.
Fionn Davenport: I was born in a mother and baby home - we have a right to our past
Writer Fionn Davenport says the government’s rushing through of legislation last night condemns survivors of mother and baby homes to 30 more years of darkness.
# Commission
'When your mother cried during labour, she was paying for her sins': Stories of mother and baby home survivors read into Dáil record
Powerful testimonies of survivors from mother and baby homes were read out in the Dáil last night.
# Commission
Senators express 'serious concern' that mother and baby home records will be sealed for 30 years
The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is due to submit its final report later this month.
# mother-and-baby homes
Surveys to be carried out on burial grounds at Sean Ross Abbey in Tipperary
The Commission of Investigation will not be issuing its final report this year.