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# Institutional Abuse

Last year
Extract: 'My mother was given a half hour’s notice to get me ready to have me taken from her'
In a new book on redress and Ireland’s institutions, Mary Harney tells her story of illegal adoption and the abuse and neglect that followed.
Remembrance centre to be located at site of former Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street
The centre will honour survivors of mother and baby homes, industrial schools, reformatories, Magdalene laundries and related institutions.
Amnesty pushes political leaders for institutional abuse apology in Northern Ireland
The planned apology to be delivered by Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill has been thrown into doubt by Givan’s resignation.
Public apology over historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland to be made on 11 March
Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill announced how a recommendation of a public inquiry would be delivered.
All time
'A nun poured urine on my head because I snored': Survivors contact DPC and gardaí over destruction of testimony
People who spent time in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes say they have been “re-traumatised” by recent developments.
'It was like a jail': What should become of Ireland's last Magdalene Laundry?
It was the last laundry in the State to close in 1996 and has become a focal point for potential memorialisation.
Taoiseach to give Dáil apology to those impacted by Mother and Baby Home
Micheál Martin is to give the apology on behalf of the State and wider society.
All survivors of institutional abuse to be allowed request access to personal data, Taoiseach confirms
The Taoiseach told the Dáil that applying GDPR will allow it to “affirm the rights of people to access their own personal data”.
Opinion: 'States of Fear' may have caused a seismic shift in Ireland, but more needs to be done
As RTÉ examines the legacy of States of Fear, 21 years on, Sheila Ahern discusses the landmark documentary and the late Mary Raftery, its producer.
Christian Brothers complete €6.8m contribution to redress fund
The religious organisation formally notified the Department of its intention to pay the money back in September.
'I feel like crying': Abuse survivors plead with committee to drop plans to seal their records
Survivors of institutional abuse spoke candidly about the impact of the bill on them.
Lynn Ruane: 'It should be a source of major embarrassment to Ireland that we are yet to ratify this important treaty'
Abuse within institutions and care situations isn’t just part of Ireland’s history, writes Lynn Ruane – it’s something that is still a reality for vulnerable groups today.
Religious groups still owe €1.3 billion for institutional child abuse
Education minister Richard Bruton slammed the religious groups in a strongly-worded statement.
IRA abuse claims show – once again – how the institution is always placed before the victim
There are parallels between Sinn Féin’s reaction to allegations by Paudie McGahon and Maíria Cahill and the Catholic Church’s pursuit of its own institutional safety.
Opinion: Without meaningful action, apologies to child abuse survivors are just words
Ten months on from the European Court of Human Rights’ judgement in favour of Louise O’Keeffe, nothing had been forthcoming from the State for survivors.
Opinion: After two decades as a journalist, no project I’ve handled has been quite as harrowing
In the course of compiling a book about the abuse of children in industrial schools, I came face to face with one of the darkest chapters in Ireland’s history.
Opinion: Tuam's 800 babies – a legacy of shame and horror beyond words
The misogynistic meddling of the Catholic church in affairs of this young state was detrimental to the blossoming of a whole, enlightened and fulfilled society – and nobody bore the brunt of that more than vulnerable women and their babies.
Opinion: Mass grave 'filled to the brim with tiny bones and skulls' shows how we cherish children
The bodies of 800 “illegitimate” children, ranging in age from nine years to two days, have been uncovered in Tuam. But do people care any more now than they did then?
Documentary about Christine Buckley 'Dear Daughter' to be aired tonight
The programme will be shown on RTÉ.
Column: Magdalenes deserve the respect they were denied for so long - and a proper apology
The link between the State and the Magdalene laundries is clear – and survivors should be granted redress so they may have some comfort in the autumn of their lives, writes Aaron McKenna.
Protest at Pro Cathedral over government plans for abuse survivors’ trust fund
Victims of institutional abuse oppose plans to establish a trust fund for abuse victims, instead of simply giving cash payments.
Quinn insists: Religious orders must meet remaining €470 million abuse bill
The minister for education has affirmed he will continue to seek cash from the bodies which managed the residential institutions where abuse took place.
Fund to support services for abuse survivors on way
Work on drafting the bill to allow for the establishment of a Statutory Fund is at an “advanced stage”.
Clerical abuse in Ireland tantamount to torture: report
A study into the Ferns, Murphy, Ryan and Cloyne child abuse reports criticises the lack of prosecution against child sexual and physical abusers and those who concealed that abuse.
Some €847 million paid out to victims of institutional abuse: report
Ireland’s first UPR report has revealed that 13,669 victims of institutional abuse have been compensated – and recommends that a committee to clarify “the state’s interaction” with the Magdalene Laundries be established.