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#Adoption

# adoption - Monday 14 March, 2022

'It's an insult': €3,000 payment for people who were illegally adopted criticised
# St Patrick's Guild
# St Patrick's Guild

'It's an insult': €3,000 payment for people who were illegally adopted criticised

Updated Mar 14th 2022, 3:45 PM 35,809 Views 29 Comments

The payments will only apply to people whose illegal adoptions were facilitated by St Patrick’s Guild.

# adoption - Sunday 6 March, 2022

'This will haunt the Government': Call for extension of MBH redress, or for new Commission to be held
# Boarded Out
# Boarded Out

'This will haunt the Government': Call for extension of MBH redress, or for new Commission to be held

Mar 6th 2022, 7:00 AM 12,760 Views 2 Comments

“If you don’t want to compensate people for violating their human rights, don’t violate their human rights.”

# adoption - Friday 21 January, 2022

Opinion: Our rights as adopted people will not be enshrined in law, they'll be in grave danger
# Adoption
# Adoption

Opinion: Our rights as adopted people will not be enshrined in law, they'll be in grave danger

Jan 21st 2022, 7:00 AM 8,395 Views 5 Comments

Adoption rights campaigner Claire McGettrick responds to the new Birth Information and Tracing Bill.

# adoption - Wednesday 12 January, 2022

Roderic O'Gorman: We hope today's legislation will right decades of wrongs against adopted people
# Adoption
# Adoption

Roderic O'Gorman: We hope today's legislation will right decades of wrongs against adopted people

Updated Jan 12th 2022, 2:00 PM 7,811 Views 8 Comments

Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman reacts to the new Birth Information and Tracing Bill launched today.

Adopted people will no longer have to attend mandatory information session when seeking records
# New Law
# New Law

Adopted people will no longer have to attend mandatory information session when seeking records

Jan 12th 2022, 6:30 AM 13,681 Views 14 Comments

The long-awaited Birth Information and Tracing Bill will be published today.

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 88,581 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

# adoption - 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 11,768 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

# adoption - 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 61,171 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.

# adoption - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

Government will not oppose motion for review of redress scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors
# Response To Redress
# Response To Redress

Government will not oppose motion for review of redress scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors

Updated Nov 23rd 2021, 8:40 PM 13,894 Views 19 Comments

Survivors’ groups gathered at Leinster House today to call for the redress scheme to be amended to better meet the needs of survivors.

# adoption - 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 12,616 Views 5 Comments

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

# adoption - 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 21,294 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

# adoption - 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 53,306 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.

# adoption - Tuesday 16 November, 2021

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 30,624 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 5,612 Views 6 Comments

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

# adoption - 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 77,032 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

# adoption - 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 15,507 Views 11 Comments

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

# adoption - Tuesday 19 October, 2021

Illegal adoptees 'forced to break the law' by using their falsified birth certificates
# Adoption
# Adoption

Illegal adoptees 'forced to break the law' by using their falsified birth certificates

Oct 19th 2021, 5:53 PM 11,068 Views 6 Comments

An Oireachtas committee heard from a number of representative groups today.

# adoption - Tuesday 5 October, 2021

Agencies tasked with supporting adopted adults ‘not fit for purpose’, Committee hears
# Adoption
# Adoption

Agencies tasked with supporting adopted adults ‘not fit for purpose’, Committee hears

Oct 5th 2021, 9:22 PM 8,881 Views 2 Comments

Findings from the Adoptee Voices report were presented to the Oireachtas Children’s committee today.

# adoption - Tuesday 28 September, 2021

Adoption tracing legislation ‘risks being found unconstitutional’, O'Gorman tells Committee
# Adoption
# Adoption

Adoption tracing legislation ‘risks being found unconstitutional’, O'Gorman tells Committee

Sep 28th 2021, 5:35 PM 7,693 Views 2 Comments

Failure to balance the privacy rights of mothers with the identity rights of children could spark legal challenges to new laws, he said.

O'Gorman says term 'birth mother' is 'reductive and hurtful' ahead of legislation debate
# Adoption
# Adoption

O'Gorman says term 'birth mother' is 'reductive and hurtful' ahead of legislation debate

Sep 28th 2021, 11:36 AM 26,973 Views 34 Comments

The minister is set to discuss the Birth Information and Tracing Bill at a meeting of the Oireachtas Children’s Committee this afternoon.

# adoption - 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 57,447 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

# adoption - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Denying adopted people access to their birth certs 'could re-traumatise them'
# Information And Tracing
# Information And Tracing

Denying adopted people access to their birth certs 'could re-traumatise them'

Jul 13th 2021, 5:16 PM 6,474 Views 9 Comments

Survivors of Mother and Baby Homes have said “the right to truth is key”, an Oireachtas Committee heard today.

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 13,788 Views 0 Comments

Eight women are taking legal action against the State.

# adoption - 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 26,088 Views 37 Comments

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

# adoption - 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 22,958 Views 0 Comments

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

# adoption - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Adopted people seeking records ‘should be provided with counselling supports’, committee hears
# Adoption
# Adoption

Adopted people seeking records ‘should be provided with counselling supports’, committee hears

Jun 15th 2021, 9:05 PM 6,502 Views 5 Comments

Tusla CEO Bernard Gloster has said the provision of counselling should be underpinned by law.

Tusla apologises for 'hurt' felt by adoptees seeking access to personal information
# Identity
# Identity

Tusla apologises for 'hurt' felt by adoptees seeking access to personal information

Updated Jun 15th 2021, 4:30 PM 11,144 Views 10 Comments

An adoptee rights group said that Tusla’s apology is a “long overdue acknowledgement” of adoptees’ pain.

# adoption - 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 105,273 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?"

# adoption - 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 19,325 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

# adoption - Sunday 23 May, 2021

Government 'failing to support' priests' children as they search for their fathers
# Clergy
# Clergy

Government 'failing to support' priests' children as they search for their fathers

May 23rd 2021, 7:30 AM 34,871 Views 0 Comments

Vincent Doyle said time is running out for the government to implement a UN recommendation.

# adoption - 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 46,436 Views 34 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.

# adoption - 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 51,747 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

# adoption - 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 17,631 Views 0 Comments

An Garda Síochána has found “insufficient evidence” in the Commission’s report to start any criminal investigations.

# adoption - 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 15,811 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.

# adoption - 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 14,201 Views 0 Comments

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

# adoption - 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 69,844 Views 0 Comments

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

# adoption - Tuesday 6 April, 2021

'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'

Apr 6th 2021, 4:46 PM 13,465 Views 16 Comments

Adopted people have called for long-awaited tracing and information legislation to be published as a matter of urgency.

# adoption - 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 28,466 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.

# adoption - 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 18,868 Views 15 Comments

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

# adoption - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry
# Birth Registration
# Birth Registration

Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry

Mar 9th 2021, 4:26 PM 10,180 Views 12 Comments

Minister Roderic O’Gorman says “deep ethical issues” arise in relation to illegal birth registrations, and an inquiry may still happen.

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