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# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 18 February, 2022

Long-awaited Burials Bill to be published next week
# Tuam
# Tuam

Long-awaited Burials Bill to be published next week

Feb 18th 2022, 2:58 PM 12,618 Views 7 Comments

If the legislation passes in the coming months, the site of the former mother and baby institution in Tuam may finally be excavated.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 20 January, 2022

'I'll protest until I die': Call for 'forgotten' boarded out children to be given redress
# Mother And Baby Homes
# Mother And Baby Homes

'I'll protest until I die': Call for 'forgotten' boarded out children to be given redress

Jan 20th 2022, 12:21 PM 14,639 Views 0 Comments

Survivors say they will keep protesting until the scheme is changed.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 12 January, 2022

Adopted people to get access to their birth certs and other records under new legislation
# New Law
# New Law

Adopted people to get access to their birth certs and other records under new legislation

Updated Jan 12th 2022, 4:30 PM 29,963 Views 38 Comments

Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman said the Bill represents “a massive step forward” but campaigners have criticised elements of the legislation.

Mother told daughter would 'get a needle in her arm every day' until she signed adoption papers
# Vaccine Trials
# Vaccine Trials

Mother told daughter would 'get a needle in her arm every day' until she signed adoption papers

Jan 12th 2022, 12:05 AM 88,627 Views 0 Comments
  • Sally McAndrew says nuns threatened to put her in a vaccine trial when her mother put off signing her adoption papers
  • 'Every day you don’t sign, your daughter is getting a needle in her arm and will be screaming in pain'
  • Sally says her biological father received her home address when he paid £5,000 to nuns, Órla Ryan reports

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Sunday 9 January, 2022

Mother & Baby Homes: Just 40 survivors get health files amid row over GPs signing off on requests
# FOI
# FOI

Mother & Baby Homes: Just 40 survivors get health files amid row over GPs signing off on requests

Jan 9th 2022, 12:05 AM 27,409 Views 15 Comments
  • Only 40 survivors have received their medical files to date from the Department of Children, Órla Ryan reports
  • The majority of survivors received the records via Freedom of Information requests, rather than through GDPR
  • Just 10 people got their records after a GP signed off on the process, The Journal can reveal

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 24 December, 2021

Tuam site may finally be excavated in 2022 - five years after 'significant' human remains found
# Burials Bill
# Burials Bill

Tuam site may finally be excavated in 2022 - five years after 'significant' human remains found

Dec 24th 2021, 12:05 AM 11,817 Views 0 Comments
  • The site of the former mother and baby home may be excavated five years after a "significant" quantity of human remains were found
  • Survivors, relatives and archaeologists have called for the Tuam site to be excavated urgently, Órla Ryan reports
  • The long-awaited Burials Bill and the Birth Information and Tracing Bill are expected to be published in the next two months

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 17 December, 2021

'We've been totally vindicated': State admits rights of Mother & Baby Home survivors were breached
# Philomena Lee
# Philomena Lee

'We've been totally vindicated': State admits rights of Mother & Baby Home survivors were breached

Updated Dec 17th 2021, 4:55 PM 37,827 Views 0 Comments
  • Today's settlement has been described as a "significant victory" for Philomena Lee and Mary Harney, Órla Ryan reports
  • The State has admitted the women are identifiable in the Commission's report and should have been given a right to reply
  • "We’ve been totally vindicated ... This time our voices have been heard in terms of justice," Harney said
Mother and Baby Homes: Philomena Lee and Mary Harney cases back before High Court today
# High Court
# High Court

Mother and Baby Homes: Philomena Lee and Mary Harney cases back before High Court today

Dec 17th 2021, 6:00 AM 15,857 Views 0 Comments

The women want certain elements of the final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes quashed.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 11 December, 2021

'My mother didn't want people to know I existed': One woman's mission to find her identity
# Netherlands
# Netherlands

'My mother didn't want people to know I existed': One woman's mission to find her identity

Dec 11th 2021, 8:00 PM 61,563 Views 20 Comments

The woman who set up a register to reconnect people who passed through the Mother and Baby Home system in the Netherlands wants to share her knowledge with Ireland.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 2 December, 2021

Ruling in Mother and Baby Home court cases pushed back until January
# Philomena Lee
# Philomena Lee

Ruling in Mother and Baby Home court cases pushed back until January

Dec 2nd 2021, 12:13 PM 7,490 Views 0 Comments

Justice Garrett Simons wants to hear more submissions before making a decision in the new year.

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

Over 30 experts ask O'Gorman to change redress scheme so it considers 'impact of early trauma'
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

Over 30 experts ask O'Gorman to change redress scheme so it considers 'impact of early trauma'

Nov 22nd 2021, 4:23 PM 12,658 Views 4 Comments

People who were born in a mother and baby institution but spent less than six months there are excluded from the scheme.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Sunday 21 November, 2021

'They're waiting for more of us to die': Women whose children were taken react to redress scheme
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'They're waiting for more of us to die': Women whose children were taken react to redress scheme

Nov 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 21,312 Views 0 Comments
  • The Government's €800 million Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme was unveiled during the week
  • Women say basing compensation on their length of stay in an institution is "absolutely disgraceful"
  • The exclusion of many people born in institutions is a "divide and conquer" strategy, survivors tell Órla Ryan

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 18 November, 2021

'She had no choice': High Court told Philomena Lee did not consent to her son being adopted
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'She had no choice': High Court told Philomena Lee did not consent to her son being adopted

Updated Nov 18th 2021, 6:45 PM 36,018 Views 0 Comments

Ruling in Mother and Baby Home cases could have “very dramatic consequences” on how future commissions operate, High Court told.

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

'Gardaí returned women who escaped': Philomena Lee & Mary Harney challenge Commission in High Court
# Mother And Baby Homes
# Mother And Baby Homes

'Gardaí returned women who escaped': Philomena Lee & Mary Harney challenge Commission in High Court

Updated Nov 17th 2021, 5:10 PM 53,338 Views 0 Comments

The women are seeking to have elements of the final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes quashed.

Mother and Baby Homes: High Court to hear cases as Philomena Lee and others challenge report
# Commission
# Commission

Mother and Baby Homes: High Court to hear cases as Philomena Lee and others challenge report

Nov 17th 2021, 6:00 AM 10,973 Views 0 Comments

The cases are being brought by high-profile survivors Philomena Lee and Mary Harney.

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

'No understanding of trauma': Survivors hit out at 6-month rule & legal waiver in redress scheme
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'No understanding of trauma': Survivors hit out at 6-month rule & legal waiver in redress scheme

Nov 16th 2021, 7:15 PM 19,746 Views 0 Comments

The Government unveiled the long-awaited Mother and Baby Home redress scheme earlier today.

Mother and Baby Homes: 34,000 survivors eligible for compensation in €800m redress scheme
# Commission
# Commission

Mother and Baby Homes: 34,000 survivors eligible for compensation in €800m redress scheme

Nov 16th 2021, 2:13 PM 30,778 Views 43 Comments

The Cabinet signed off on the details of a long-awaited redress scheme today.

'Can you put a price on trauma?': Redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes ready
# Compensation
# Compensation

'Can you put a price on trauma?': Redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes ready

Nov 16th 2021, 6:00 AM 5,638 Views 5 Comments

The Cabinet is set to sign off on the details of a long-awaited redress scheme later today.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Monday 15 November, 2021

'Groundbreaking': Survivors welcome inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes in Northern Ireland
# Redress
# Redress

'Groundbreaking': Survivors welcome inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes in Northern Ireland

Updated Nov 15th 2021, 1:50 PM 10,355 Views 2 Comments

The NI Executive is accepting all the recommendations made by an expert panel last month.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 13 November, 2021

40 years of nothing, then a message saying 'I'm your son': Mother & son reunite after 4 decades
# Adoption
# Adoption

40 years of nothing, then a message saying 'I'm your son': Mother & son reunite after 4 decades

Nov 13th 2021, 12:05 AM 77,174 Views 0 Comments
  • Maria Arbuckle was sent from Armagh to St Patrick's mother and baby home in Dublin in 1981
  • She spent the next four decades trying to find her son, Paul
  • A Facebook friend request earlier this year changed her life forever, Órla Ryan reports

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

UN experts warn Burials Bill may 'create obstacles' to examining deaths at Mother & Baby Homes
# Tuam
# Tuam

UN experts warn Burials Bill may 'create obstacles' to examining deaths at Mother & Baby Homes

Nov 10th 2021, 5:19 PM 15,532 Views 11 Comments

The proposed legislation raises “serious concerns in relation to the State’s compliance with its international legal obligations”, the groups note.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Sunday 7 November, 2021

'Four years on and still no action': Call for Tuam mother and baby home site to be excavated
# The Missing Children
# The Missing Children

'Four years on and still no action': Call for Tuam mother and baby home site to be excavated

Nov 7th 2021, 7:00 AM 17,885 Views 20 Comments
  • Survivors, relatives and archaeologists are calling for the site to be excavated urgently, Órla Ryan reports
  • They want DNA testing carried out to identify the remains of the children buried in Tuam
  • A new documentary explores the search for the truth about what happened to those who disappeared

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 6 October, 2021

Bethany Home survivor Derek Leinster lodges legal proceedings against Irish State
# High Court
# High Court

Bethany Home survivor Derek Leinster lodges legal proceedings against Irish State

Oct 6th 2021, 12:05 AM 20,847 Views 0 Comments

Leinster has campaigned for over 20 years for the inclusion of Bethany Home and other Protestant institutions in redress schemes.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
# Mother And Baby Homes
# Mother And Baby Homes

Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department

Sep 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,423 Views 0 Comments
  • Survivors of mother and baby institutions have been told to submit FOI requests, despite already applying under GDPR
  • A number of women are considering legal action, Órla Ryan reports
  • Noelle Brown says the latest development is "despicable" and "ridiculous"

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Wednesday 1 September, 2021

Vomiting and fever among side effects experienced by children who took part in GSK trials
# Vaccine Trials
# Vaccine Trials

Vomiting and fever among side effects experienced by children who took part in GSK trials

Sep 1st 2021, 2:18 PM 52,207 Views 15 Comments

The pharma company has today published information about nine trials it carried out in Irish institutions between 1934 and 1973.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Saturday 31 July, 2021

Woman's signature forged on letter saying nuns from Mother and Baby Home 'deserve a medal'
# Forced Adoption
# Forced Adoption

Woman's signature forged on letter saying nuns from Mother and Baby Home 'deserve a medal'

Jul 31st 2021, 12:05 AM 57,462 Views 0 Comments
  • The survivor saw the letter, written in 1980, for the first time last month, Órla Ryan reports
  • "I think ye should all be presented with a medal for your fantastic work," the letter states
  • The woman believes her late mother wrote the letter praising the nuns, pretending to be her

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

Mother and Baby Home cases to be heard by High Court in November
# Philomena Lee
# Philomena Lee

Mother and Baby Home cases to be heard by High Court in November

Jul 28th 2021, 11:38 AM 8,374 Views 0 Comments

Philomena Lee and Mary Harney are among the women taking legal action against the State.

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

Mother and Baby Homes: Two test cases to be heard by High Court later this year
# Judicial Review
# Judicial Review

Mother and Baby Homes: Two test cases to be heard by High Court later this year

Updated Jul 27th 2021, 11:57 AM 26,693 Views 0 Comments
  • The cases, being brought by Philomena Lee and Mary Harney, will be heard in late October or November, Órla Ryan reports
  • A third test case, involving Mari Steed, may also proceed at a later date
  • Eight women are seeking judicial reviews of the Commission of Investigation's final report

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Mother and Baby Homes: Three test cases could be used as survivors seek judicial review
# High Court
# High Court

Mother and Baby Homes: Three test cases could be used as survivors seek judicial review

Updated Jul 13th 2021, 10:42 AM 13,802 Views 0 Comments

Eight women are taking legal action against the State.

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

O'Gorman 'welcomes' new report that contradicts findings of Mother and Baby Home Commission
# Alternate Report
# Alternate Report

O'Gorman 'welcomes' new report that contradicts findings of Mother and Baby Home Commission

Updated Jul 12th 2021, 4:20 PM 26,101 Views 37 Comments

A new report has found “significant evidence” of inhuman treatment and forced adoptions in Mother and Baby Homes.

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Friday 9 July, 2021

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
# GDPR
# GDPR

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors

Jul 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,766 Views 25 Comments
  • A data expert says the Minister for Children's approach breaches GDPR, Órla Ryan writes
  • Survivors have said a GP should not be involved in the process - at odds with the Department
  • Minister Roderic O'Gorman is in discussions with Cabinet colleagues about new regulations

# mother-and-baby-homes-series - Thursday 8 July, 2021

'The dead don't have GDPR rights': Woman considers legal action after department denies info request
# Personal Data
# Personal Data

'The dead don't have GDPR rights': Woman considers legal action after department denies info request

Jul 8th 2021, 6:00 AM 32,496 Views 0 Comments

Solicitor Simon McGarr said his client, a Mother and Baby Home survivor, “remains amongst the living”.

# 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

Jun 19th 2021, 9:00 AM 23,049 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 18,698 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 8,486 Views 14 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 105,288 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 19,338 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 39,916 Views 68 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 19,456 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 25,095 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
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