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# bessborough - 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 22,540 Views 0 Comments

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

# bessborough - 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 19,182 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

# bessborough - 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 45,217 Views 26 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

# bessborough - 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 20,500 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”.

# bessborough - 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 51,604 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

# bessborough - 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 15,744 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.

# bessborough - 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 18,525 Views 27 Comments

Survivors have criticised plans to build apartments at the site of a former mother and baby institution.

# bessborough - 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 31,168 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.

# bessborough - 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 18,315 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'

# bessborough - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

Part of controversial plans for apartments at Bessborough refused planning permission
# Mother And Baby Home
# Mother And Baby Home

Part of controversial plans for apartments at Bessborough refused planning permission

Feb 2nd 2021, 2:20 PM 9,154 Views 5 Comments

Survivors of Bessborough mother and baby home have welcomed the news.

# bessborough - Saturday 30 January, 2021

Babies from Cork County Home were buried in coffins with adults or amputated limbs
# Burials
# Burials

Babies from Cork County Home were buried in coffins with adults or amputated limbs

Jan 30th 2021, 2:52 PM 51,318 Views 14 Comments

A Bessborough survivor has said the revelations are “heartbreaking and shocking”.

# bessborough - Friday 22 January, 2021

Mother and baby home survivor sues State and order of nuns over alleged treatment at Bessborough
# Bessborough
# Bessborough

Mother and baby home survivor sues State and order of nuns over alleged treatment at Bessborough

Jan 22nd 2021, 5:02 PM 16,405 Views 0 Comments

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.

# bessborough - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Premature births and malnutrition: how infant mortality in one home rose to 900% of national rates
# Final Report
# Final Report

Premature births and malnutrition: how infant mortality in one home rose to 900% of national rates

Jan 12th 2021, 6:36 PM 14,750 Views 18 Comments

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
# Mother And Baby Home
# Mother And Baby Home

Minister expresses serious concerns about planning permission for apartments at Bessborough site

Jan 12th 2021, 4:05 PM 14,299 Views 12 Comments

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
# Final Report
# Final Report

5-year investigation finds at least 9,000 children died in Ireland's mother and baby homes

Jan 12th 2021, 3:00 PM 44,110 Views 100 Comments
  • 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
# Mary Harney
# Mary Harney

'Accept responsibility and we might accept your apology': Survivors brace themselves for mother and baby home report

Jan 12th 2021, 12:05 AM 27,099 Views 48 Comments

The long-awaited report will be published today – and survivors want “urgent” action on foot of it.

# bessborough - Monday 11 January, 2021

How a 'surprising' lack of burial records impacted the work of the mother and baby home commission
# Bessborough
# Bessborough

How a 'surprising' lack of burial records impacted the work of the mother and baby home commission

Jan 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,171 Views 29 Comments

Ahead of the commission’s final report being published tomorrow, we’re taking a look back at its interim reports.

# bessborough - Thursday 3 December, 2020

Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January
# Roderic O'Gorman
# Roderic O'Gorman

Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January

Updated Dec 3rd 2020, 11:52 AM 9,906 Views 14 Comments

The report will be published on the week of 11 January, Minister Roderic O’Gorman has confirmed.

# bessborough - Thursday 5 November, 2020

'The country is sick of things being brushed under the carpet': What could a national archive on abuse look like?
# National Archive
# National Archive

'The country is sick of things being brushed under the carpet': What could a national archive on abuse look like?

Nov 5th 2020, 12:05 AM 22,816 Views 20 Comments

Survivors want Ireland to face up to its past – but there are different views on the best way to do this.

# bessborough - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Nuns accused of 'run and grab all' as Bessborough campus put up for sale
# Cork
# Cork

Nuns accused of 'run and grab all' as Bessborough campus put up for sale

Oct 9th 2019, 11:09 PM 37,108 Views 46 Comments

€30 million in State funding has been spent on the site over the last two decades.

# bessborough - Saturday 14 September, 2019

Republic of Shame: 'One woman came in wearing two corsets to hide her pregnancy'

Republic of Shame: 'One woman came in wearing two corsets to hide her pregnancy'

Sep 14th 2019, 6:00 PM 28,820 Views 37 Comments

A new book seeks to highlight how much this period in Irish history still impacts on people today.

# bessborough - Thursday 18 April, 2019

Diarmuid Martin: 'It's hard to believe that evidence has simply vanished and that no one can remember'
# Bessborough
# Bessborough

Diarmuid Martin: 'It's hard to believe that evidence has simply vanished and that no one can remember'

Apr 18th 2019, 2:01 PM 27,585 Views 105 Comments

He called on the Church to avoid returning to attitudes it had shown in the past.

# bessborough - Wednesday 17 April, 2019

Bessborough nun claims she doesn't remember any child deaths - there were 31 during her time there
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

Bessborough nun claims she doesn't remember any child deaths - there were 31 during her time there

Apr 17th 2019, 12:23 PM 68,871 Views 80 Comments

The commission said the affidavit from the congregation that ran the mother and baby home was “speculative, inaccurate and misleading”.

# bessborough - Tuesday 7 March, 2017

'Straight away you could feel the horror of it': Nuns 'changed baby's name so he'd be easier to sell'
# Left To Die
# Left To Die

'Straight away you could feel the horror of it': Nuns 'changed baby's name so he'd be easier to sell'

Mar 7th 2017, 9:14 PM 47,127 Views 127 Comments

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'
# Bessborough
# Bessborough

'I gave birth to my child on a metal table at 18, alone in a room in a convent'

Mar 7th 2017, 12:01 AM 68,400 Views 154 Comments

Deirdre Wadding says her time in the Cork mother and baby home in 1981 has haunted her ever since.

# bessborough - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Handover of 25,000 mother-and-baby files indicates "scale and breadth" of investigation
# Bessborough
# Bessborough

Handover of 25,000 mother-and-baby files indicates "scale and breadth" of investigation

Jul 1st 2014, 2:49 PM 6,637 Views 10 Comments

Some 25,000 files have been handed over by the Sacred Heart Adoption Society to the Cork offices of Government agency ‘TUSLA’.

# bessborough - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Here's how to make a submission to the mother and baby homes inquiry
# Terms Of Reference
# Terms Of Reference

Here's how to make a submission to the mother and baby homes inquiry

Jun 18th 2014, 11:29 AM 5,493 Views 1 Comment

Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan has encouraged those who wish to make a submission to “act without delay”.

# bessborough - Monday 9 June, 2014

Ten mother and baby homes carried out vaccine trials on almost 300 children - report
# Injections
# Injections

Ten mother and baby homes carried out vaccine trials on almost 300 children - report

Jun 9th 2014, 9:30 PM 37,765 Views 184 Comments

It is believed the trials took place between 1960 to 1976.