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# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 19 June, 2021

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

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

Sat 9:00 AM 21,170 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 16 June, 2021

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

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

Jun 16th 2021, 10:00 AM 18,264 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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Committee 'disappointed' by commissioners' refusal to attend meeting but 'accepts it'
# Kathleen Funchion
# Kathleen Funchion

Committee 'disappointed' by commissioners' refusal to attend meeting but 'accepts it'

Jun 15th 2021, 4:13 PM 8,431 Views 15 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Sunday 13 June, 2021

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

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

Jun 13th 2021, 12:05 AM 104,055 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?"

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 12 June, 2021

'I am fuming, it's so disrespectful': Survivors react to commissioners' refusal to appear before Oireachtas
# Commission
# Commission

'I am fuming, it's so disrespectful': Survivors react to commissioners' refusal to appear before Oireachtas

Jun 12th 2021, 12:10 AM 18,927 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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 11 June, 2021

Varadkar says refusal by Mother and Baby Homes commissioners to face Oireachtas is 'deeply regrettable'
# Questions And No Answers
# Questions And No Answers

Varadkar says refusal by Mother and Baby Homes commissioners to face Oireachtas is 'deeply regrettable'

Updated Jun 11th 2021, 8:02 PM 39,769 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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Minister tells survivors he believes them as opposition call report 'whitewashed fiction'
# Roderic O'Gorman
# Roderic O'Gorman

Minister tells survivors he believes them as opposition call report 'whitewashed fiction'

Updated Jun 8th 2021, 9:50 PM 19,215 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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 4 June, 2021

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

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

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 3:25 PM 24,947 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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 3 June, 2021

How legal threats and the Ryan Commission's legacy impacted Mother and Baby Home inquiry
# Legal Action
# Legal Action

How legal threats and the Ryan Commission's legacy impacted Mother and Baby Home inquiry

Jun 3rd 2021, 5:53 PM 16,476 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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 2 June, 2021

'Yet another blow to survivors': Women get few answers as Commissioner defends report
# Mary Daly
# Mary Daly

'Yet another blow to survivors': Women get few answers as Commissioner defends report

Jun 2nd 2021, 9:51 PM 45,078 Views 25 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
# Oxford University
# Oxford University

Survivors and politicians express anger over Mother and Baby Home event

Updated Jun 2nd 2021, 3:30 PM 24,914 Views 11 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 29 May, 2021

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

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

May 29th 2021, 6:30 AM 17,199 Views 25 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

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

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

Updated May 26th 2021, 2:18 PM 20,424 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”.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Tuesday 11 May, 2021

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

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

Updated May 11th 2021, 5:45 PM 45,301 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.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Sunday 2 May, 2021

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

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 51,505 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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 29 April, 2021

Drew Harris says Mother and Baby Home crimes 'difficult to prosecute' despite reports of rape and incest
# Abuse
# Abuse

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.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

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

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

Updated Apr 28th 2021, 3:22 PM 33,795 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Tuesday 27 April, 2021

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

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.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 24 April, 2021

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

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

Apr 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 51,975 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 22 April, 2021

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

'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.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

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

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.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 16 April, 2021

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

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

Apr 16th 2021, 6:00 AM 13,906 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 14 April, 2021

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

'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
# Burials Bill
# 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 10,631 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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Monday 12 April, 2021

Philomena Lee among women taking legal action against findings in Mother and Baby Home report
# High Court
# High Court

Philomena Lee among women taking legal action against findings in Mother and Baby Home report

Updated Apr 12th 2021, 3:40 PM 68,865 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Sunday 4 April, 2021

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

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

Apr 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 27,841 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.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

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

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

Updated Mar 10th 2021, 5:10 PM 18,619 Views 15 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 27 February, 2021

'If the Commission dissolves tomorrow, we'll be denied justice': Survivor says testimony was 'misrepresented'
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'If the Commission dissolves tomorrow, we'll be denied justice': Survivor says testimony was 'misrepresented'

Feb 27th 2021, 9:30 AM 8,681 Views 0 Comments

One survivor says her experience was “misrepresented” to a “shocking extent” in the final report by the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 26 February, 2021

O'Gorman says there is 'no meaningful reason' to extend Mother and Baby Homes Commission
# Deleted Tapes
# Deleted Tapes

O'Gorman says there is 'no meaningful reason' to extend Mother and Baby Homes Commission

Feb 26th 2021, 3:02 PM 8,056 Views 9 Comments

The minister noted that members of the commission “can’t be compelled to come before the Oireachtas”.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

TDs ask how testimony 'miraculously appeared down back of sofa', as time runs out to extend Commission
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

TDs ask how testimony 'miraculously appeared down back of sofa', as time runs out to extend Commission

Updated Feb 24th 2021, 4:37 PM 33,356 Views 32 Comments

A Social Democrats’ motion to extend the commission’s term by one year had broad support but is non-binding and is not being acted on by government.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Monday 22 February, 2021

Call for TDs to get free vote on extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission
# Deleted Audio
# Deleted Audio

Call for TDs to get free vote on extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission

Feb 22nd 2021, 2:53 PM 6,500 Views 7 Comments

Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore said the issue “goes beyond party politics”.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 19 February, 2021

'My mother gave birth to three children in three mother and baby homes in three years'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'My mother gave birth to three children in three mother and baby homes in three years'

Feb 19th 2021, 6:04 PM 50,138 Views 0 Comments

Beth Wallace wants to commemorate her brother who died, aged five weeks, 49 years ago today.

O'Gorman says Mother and Baby Homes Commission *may* be able to retrieve recordings
# Testimony
# Testimony

O'Gorman says Mother and Baby Homes Commission *may* be able to retrieve recordings

Updated Feb 19th 2021, 3:10 PM 21,086 Views 56 Comments

“We all know how difficult it is to permanently destroy electronic information,” the minister said today.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

UK police refer county home survivor back to gardaí over destruction of testimony
# Recordings
# Recordings

UK police refer county home survivor back to gardaí over destruction of testimony

Feb 17th 2021, 7:23 PM 24,623 Views 0 Comments

Mary Teresa Collins said she feels “very hurt and let down” by authorities in Ireland.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony 'cannot be retrieved', O'Gorman confirms
# Commission
# Commission

Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony 'cannot be retrieved', O'Gorman confirms

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 6:44 PM 33,208 Views 53 Comments

The minister said the Commission informed him of the latest development today.

County home survivor told to contact police in England, not gardaí, over destruction of testimony
# Commission
# Commission

County home survivor told to contact police in England, not gardaí, over destruction of testimony

Feb 16th 2021, 12:00 PM 45,861 Views 30 Comments

A number of witnesses have contacted the gardaí and Data Protection Commissioner to date.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

'A nun poured urine on my head because I snored': Survivors contact DPC and gardaí over destruction of testimony
# Institutional Abuse
# Institutional Abuse

'A nun poured urine on my head because I snored': Survivors contact DPC and gardaí over destruction of testimony

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 57,391 Views 0 Comments

People who spent time in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes say they have been “re-traumatised” by recent developments.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 6 February, 2021

'Lives could be saved': Woman with MS says adopted people should have access to medical history
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'Lives could be saved': Woman with MS says adopted people should have access to medical history

Feb 6th 2021, 10:30 AM 25,207 Views 4 Comments

“So many lives could be made better, saved, elongated, if doctors knew what they were testing for.”

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 5 February, 2021

Chair of mother and baby home commission declines invitation to appear before Children's Committee
# Final Report
# Final Report

Chair of mother and baby home commission declines invitation to appear before Children's Committee

Feb 5th 2021, 2:06 PM 18,395 Views 5 Comments

Committee members are “very disappointed” by the latest development.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Varadkar says he was 'quite surprised' that mother and baby home testimony was destroyed
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

Varadkar says he was 'quite surprised' that mother and baby home testimony was destroyed

Updated Feb 4th 2021, 1:35 PM 22,312 Views 24 Comments

There have been calls for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to not be dissolved at the end of the month.

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