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# commission - This year 2022

Mother and Baby Homes: Some consequences - like testimonies - are more important than others
# Review Scrapped
# Review Scrapped

Mother and Baby Homes: Some consequences - like testimonies - are more important than others

Oct 8th 2022, 8:30 AM 18,230 Views 0 Comments

Nearly two years after the Commission of Investigation published its final report, survivors are still being ignored, Órla Ryan writes.

Commission warns Ireland over ‘stalled’ action to halt extraction in protected peatlands
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Commission warns Ireland over ‘stalled’ action to halt extraction in protected peatlands

Sep 30th 2022, 11:53 AM 9,293 Views 14 Comments

The State has two months to act or potentially face legal action before the European Court of Justice.

Commission finds sale of Siteserv approved in good faith but was based on 'misleading' information
# Investigation
# Investigation

Commission finds sale of Siteserv approved in good faith but was based on 'misleading' information

Sep 7th 2022, 3:38 PM 13,858 Views 0 Comments

A Dáil debate is now being arranged on the findings of the report.

'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 12,906 Views 2 Comments

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

Long-awaited report finds Ireland's Defence Forces in need of 'transformational change'
# Commission
# Commission

Long-awaited report finds Ireland's Defence Forces in need of 'transformational change'

Updated Feb 9th 2022, 1:35 PM 24,022 Views 47 Comments

The Minister for Defence said the report proposes “significant changes for the Defence Forces and Defence provision in Ireland”.

# commission - Last year 2021

Taoiseach rules out reopening redress scheme for mother and baby home survivors
# Commission
# Commission

Taoiseach rules out reopening redress scheme for mother and baby home survivors

Dec 31st 2021, 10:01 AM 16,145 Views 35 Comments

A High Court ruling that found the Commission of Investigation acted unlawfully by denying fair procedure to survivors prompted calls for a review.

'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 38,031 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
'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 36,206 Views 0 Comments

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

'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 53,445 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 11,019 Views 0 Comments

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

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 31,244 Views 45 Comments

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

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 52,278 Views 16 Comments

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

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 57,512 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: 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 26,910 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
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 26,155 Views 37 Comments

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

'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 23,411 Views 0 Comments

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

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 8,500 Views 14 Comments

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

'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 105,380 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?"
'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 19,371 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
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 39,955 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
'Painfully visible shortcomings': Catriona Crowe on the problems with the Mother and Baby Home Commission
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Painfully visible shortcomings': Catriona Crowe on the problems with the Mother and Baby Home Commission

Jun 9th 2021, 10:47 AM 12,215 Views 7 Comments

Catriona Crowe examines the Commission’s report, details its shortcomings and issues, and explains what needs to happen next.

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 19,512 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
Kathleen Funchion: 'I fear the Mother and Baby Home developments have only compounded an existing and deep hurt'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Kathleen Funchion: 'I fear the Mother and Baby Home developments have only compounded an existing and deep hurt'

Jun 3rd 2021, 6:35 PM 7,476 Views 7 Comments

Funchion, who is chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children, describes her shock over recent issues with the Mother and Baby Home Commission.

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 16,978 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
'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 45,574 Views 11 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
New media regulator needs powers to order ‘swift takedown’ of harmful content
# Safety
# Safety

New media regulator needs powers to order ‘swift takedown’ of harmful content

May 5th 2021, 10:15 PM 11,490 Views 24 Comments

The deputy Data Protection Commissioner said the new media commission has to be able to regulate all types of harmful online content.

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 17,703 Views 0 Comments

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

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 70,027 Views 0 Comments

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

'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 28,562 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.

'I spent 28 years wondering where my child was, they were 45 minutes down the road'
# Commission
# Commission

'I spent 28 years wondering where my child was, they were 45 minutes down the road'

Mar 20th 2021, 8:00 AM 96,326 Views 0 Comments

A number of survivors of mother and baby homes have raised concerns about how their requests for personal files are being dealt with by the Department of Children.

'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 8,760 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.

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 8,083 Views 9 Comments

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

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 33,425 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.

TDs still pushing for extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission despite 'miraculous' recovery of testimony
# Deleted Audio
# Deleted Audio

TDs still pushing for extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission despite 'miraculous' recovery of testimony

Feb 24th 2021, 6:05 AM 14,811 Views 8 Comments

The commission is due to dissolve on 28 February but a number of TDs want its term extended amid concerns over deleted audio recordings.

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 6,536 Views 7 Comments

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

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 21,172 Views 56 Comments

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

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 33,282 Views 55 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 45,965 Views 30 Comments

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

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

'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 57,767 Views 0 Comments

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

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 18,437 Views 5 Comments

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

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