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# mother and baby home

Last year
2022
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Listen to the third episode of our new documentary series here
In 1975, two children looked under a slab of concrete and saw what appeared to be bones. Decades later, their accidental discovery led to a mass grave being uncovered on the grounds of a former mother and baby home.
# mother and baby home
Campaigner criticises Government’s exhumation plans at Tuam mother and baby site
Anna Corrigan said she ‘fears’ that by focusing on the Co Galway site, the Government will ‘ignore’ other mother and baby institutions.
All time
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's next for the Mother and Baby Home Commission?
Catriona Crowe and Órla Ryan join us on this week’s podcast.
Voices
'Painfully visible shortcomings': Catriona Crowe on the problems with the Mother and Baby Home Commission
Catriona Crowe examines the Commission’s report, details its shortcomings and issues, and explains what needs to happen next.
Voices
Kathleen Funchion: 'I fear the Mother and Baby Home developments have only compounded an existing and deep hurt'
Funchion, who is chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children, describes her shock over recent issues with the Mother and Baby Home Commission.
# dept of children
Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept
She lodged a complaint about the department’s ‘failure to comply with the assurances’ provided to her.
# illegal adoption
Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week
The review was commissioned in 2018 but its publication was delayed.
# mother and baby home
Part of controversial plans for apartments at Bessborough refused planning permission
Survivors of Bessborough mother and baby home have welcomed the news.
# findings
Report into Northern Ireland's mother and baby homes to be published today
Stormont’s leaders are facing calls to establish a public inquiry into the institutions.
# Tuam
Galway County Council 'profoundly sorry' for failing those at Tuam mother and baby home
The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation released a report on its five-year investigation into the homes earlier this month.
Local councils to apologise for their involvement in Ireland's mother and baby homes, says minister
There were emotional contributions by some TDs in the Dáil today.
# minister for children
O'Gorman, Taoiseach and AG 'at one' on prioritising legislation on adopted people's access to records
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said that the legislation would have GDPR at the heart of it.
# Apology
Church of Ireland apologises following mother and baby homes report
The church said it was complicit ‘as with the rest of society’ in stigmatising unmarried women and their children.
# mother and baby home
Attorney General tells Taoiseach referendum not needed to grant adopted people birth cert access
Survivors have campaigned for access to their personal information for years.
# Leaders' Questions
Mother and baby home report and government's response is a 'whitewash', says Boyd Barrett
The Taoiseach said he is concerned his statement yesterday is being presented in a certain light.
Government to investigate leaking of details of Mother and Baby Homes report
The State’s most senior civil servant is to head up an inquiry into the leaking of Government information.
# mother and baby home
Minister expresses serious concerns about planning permission for apartments at Bessborough site
Roderic O’Gorman has asked planners to read today’s Commision of Investigation’s findings on burials at the former mother and baby home.
# Institutional Abuse
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.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What exactly happened with the mother and baby home legislation?
And what happens to the records now?
# Commission of Investigation
Taoiseach not anticipating 'obstacles or barriers' to publishing Mother and Baby Home report
The Taoiseach met with survivor and advocacy groups this morning.
# COMMISSION REPORT
Taoiseach says he's determined to have Mother and Baby Homes report published 'as quickly as possible'
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman is due to receive the report tomorrow.
# Cabinet
Never the intention that mother and baby home legislation would cause 'such anxiety and anger', says minister
Cabinet is expected to discuss the fallout from the controversy over the handling of legislation which was passed last week.
Voices
Caelainn Hogan: 'This institution for ‘unmarried mothers’ is not part of some distant past - it closed in 2006'
Writer Caelainn Hogan has accessed files that give an insight into life at a Donegal mother-and-baby home known as The Castle.
Voices
'Those who were denied a voice for too long will continue to fight for justice for the lost children of Tuam'
Family members of the 796 babies who died and survivors of the home held a peaceful protest last month.
# mother and baby home
'Ghosts in their own country': Government accused of 'wall of silence' over Tuam babies
Survivors and family members of the dead babies gathered at the site today.
# confidential letter
Religious order that ran Tuam says it was 'under supervision, direction and inspection' of Irish State
That’s according to a confidential letter to a government minister.
# forensics
Excavations at Tuam mother and baby home expected to start in latter half of 2019
The government must first pass legislation allowing it to carry out excavations.
# mother and baby home
Taoiseach to meet Catherine Corless after 'paying respects' at Tuam site
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today that he made a private visit to Tuam on his way home from a conference in Galway recently.
# mother and baby home
Corless 'disappointed' pope didn't mention Tuam, says abuse survivors need more than prayers
A vigil to remember babies who died at the home is being held this afternoon.
# tuam site
'Putting our shameful past behind us': Mother and baby home forum meets for the first time
How to memorialise the past, as well as what health and well-being supports are needed for former residents will be discussed.
Voices
Adrienne Corless: 'It looks like the consultation facilitators dug deep to find resistance to full excavation'
There was only ever one thing to do: excavate the site and DNA test the remains without delay, writes Adrienne Corless.
# public consultation
Tuam: Ex-residents and families want further excavation and DNA analysis
Galway County Council received 799 written submissions on what to do with the Tuam site where a mass grave was found.
# mother and baby home
Over 70 babies who died at Bethany Home - and one mother - to be named on new memorial stone
The stone will be unveiled next week.
# entropy
'Living with a longterm illness gives you this way of viewing the world'
Visual artist Katie Moore has created a piece based on Catherine Corless’s Tuam Mother and Baby Home discovery.
# tuam mother and baby home
Experts say Tuam remains should be able to be identified using advanced DNA technology
A team of scientists have contradicted an expert technical group over the remains
# Bethany Home
Mother and baby home activist refuses to join selection panel for survivors' forum
Derek Leinster said that he believes that instead, Bethany Home survivors should be given redress before many of them die.
# mother and baby home
Hunt for details on child burials at Bessboro mother and baby home
The burials took place between 1922 and 1998.
# Mass Grave
Report sets out five options of what could happen at Tuam
The report said it would be particularly difficult to identify “commingled remains” and the remains of children under two.
# mother and baby home
'Fearless' Catherine Corless wins human rights award
Her research led to the discovery of human remains at the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam.
# never seen before
Home survivor sent photos from time there after TheJournal.ie story
Councillor Francis Timmons spoke to TheJournal.ie about his time at Madonna House mother and baby home two years ago.