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# mother-and-baby-homes - Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Opinion: The Mother and Baby Homes commission's report can't be safely used to provide redress
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The Mother and Baby Homes commission's report can't be safely used to provide redress

Jul 14th 2021, 7:00 AM 6,539 Views 5 Comments

25 academics will launch an alternative summary of the commission’s report today.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 5,756 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 13,447 Views 0 Comments

Eight women are taking legal action against the State.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 24,952 Views 35 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Friday 9 July, 2021

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
# GDPR
# GDPR

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors

Jul 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 12,802 Views 25 Comments
  • A data expert says the Minister for Children's approach breaches GDPR, Órla Ryan writes
  • Survivors have said a GP should not be involved in the process - at odds with the Department
  • Minister Roderic O'Gorman is in discussions with Cabinet colleagues about new regulations

# mother-and-baby-homes - Thursday 8 July, 2021

'The dead don't have GDPR rights': Woman considers legal action after department denies info request
# Personal Data
# Personal Data

'The dead don't have GDPR rights': Woman considers legal action after department denies info request

Jul 8th 2021, 6:00 AM 31,126 Views 0 Comments

Solicitor Simon McGarr said his client, a Mother and Baby Home survivor, “remains amongst the living”.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Thursday 24 June, 2021

The Journal takes home two Justice Media Awards
# Justice Media Awards
# Justice Media Awards

The Journal takes home two Justice Media Awards

Jun 24th 2021, 5:07 PM 7,946 Views 25 Comments

The president of the Law Society of Ireland said this year’s entries were ‘legal journalism at its finest’.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Tuesday 22 June, 2021

Mother and Baby Homes: High Court challenges over Commission report may first move forward with test case
# Philomena Lee
# Philomena Lee

Mother and Baby Homes: High Court challenges over Commission report may first move forward with test case

Jun 22nd 2021, 11:47 AM 6,585 Views 0 Comments

Eight women are taking legal challenges over the Mother and Baby Homes report.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 22,406 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Wednesday 16 June, 2021

Mother and Baby Homes: State argues that Philomena Lee and others taking legal action aren't recognisable in report
# High Court
# High Court

Mother and Baby Homes: State argues that Philomena Lee and others taking legal action aren't recognisable in report

Jun 16th 2021, 10:00 AM 18,515 Views 0 Comments
  • A number of survivors are seeking judicial reviews of the Commission of Investigation's final report
  • The Government is set to argue that Lee and others taking legal action are not identifiable in the final report, Órla Ryan reports
  • It will also stress the fact that, although set up by the Government, the Commission acted independently

# mother-and-baby-homes - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

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 8,447 Views 14 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 104,554 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?"

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 19,111 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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Friday 11 June, 2021

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 39,801 Views 67 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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

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 19,257 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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Monday 7 June, 2021

Data regulator wrote repeatedly to Mother & Baby Home Commission about handling of sensitive testimony
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Data regulator wrote repeatedly to Mother & Baby Home Commission about handling of sensitive testimony

Jun 7th 2021, 6:26 PM 18,826 Views 11 Comments

The Data Protection Commissioner raised concerns about the handling of survivor testimony and delays in responding to queries.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Friday 4 June, 2021

Pressure mounts on Mother and Baby Home commissioners as Oireachtas committee reissues invite
# Mary Daly
# Mary Daly

Pressure mounts on Mother and Baby Home commissioners as Oireachtas committee reissues invite

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 3:25 PM 24,973 Views 16 Comments
  • Pressure is mounting on the commissioners to appear before the Oireachtas Children's Committee, Órla Ryan writes
  • The invitation asks the commissioners to attend a meeting on 17 June
  • Over 100 academics and historians have signed a letter outlining their concerns with the Commission's final report

# mother-and-baby-homes - Thursday 3 June, 2021

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 16,554 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

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 45,161 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
Survivors and politicians express anger over Mother and Baby Home event
# Oxford University
# Oxford University

Survivors and politicians express anger over Mother and Baby Home event

Updated Jun 2nd 2021, 3:30 PM 24,947 Views 11 Comments

Members of the Oireachtas Children’s Committee have criticised the fact that Professor Mary Daly will appear “behind closed doors”.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Saturday 29 May, 2021

'Women would disappear and no one said anything': Breaking the silence on mother and baby homes
# Concert
# Concert

'Women would disappear and no one said anything': Breaking the silence on mother and baby homes

May 29th 2021, 6:30 AM 17,276 Views 25 Comments

Survivors, adoptees and Christy Moore will perform in an event at the National Concert Hall tonight.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Friday 28 May, 2021

People identified in Mother and Baby Home records asked to contact Department of Children
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

People identified in Mother and Baby Home records asked to contact Department of Children

May 28th 2021, 5:52 PM 9,697 Views 4 Comments

The department is asking for individuals’ contact details in case their data is in records requested under GDPR.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 20,472 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”.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

DNA testing for Mother and Baby Home sites could include 'aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews'
# Identification Of Remains
# Identification Of Remains

DNA testing for Mother and Baby Home sites could include 'aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews'

May 18th 2021, 5:40 PM 8,357 Views 10 Comments

The minister has discussed plans for “very significant DNA-based identification process”.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 45,447 Views 33 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.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

New helpline for Mother and Baby Home survivors concerned about risk still posed by abuser
# Child Protection
# Child Protection

New helpline for Mother and Baby Home survivors concerned about risk still posed by abuser

May 5th 2021, 6:39 PM 6,692 Views 6 Comments

Tusla said perpetrators may have been involved in the abuse of multiple children over time.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 51,548 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

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 17,514 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

O'Gorman stresses GSK's 'moral obligation' over vaccine trials but company's position 'remains unchanged'
# Meeting
# Meeting

O'Gorman stresses GSK's 'moral obligation' over vaccine trials but company's position 'remains unchanged'

Updated Apr 28th 2021, 3:22 PM 33,809 Views 0 Comments

Representatives from the pharmaceutical giant met with Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman today.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 15,723 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.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Sunday 25 April, 2021

Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept
# Dept Of Children
# Dept Of Children

Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept

Apr 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 48,087 Views 28 Comments

She lodged a complaint about the department’s ‘failure to comply with the assurances’ provided to her.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Saturday 24 April, 2021

'My foster father wiped down everything I touched': Call to tackle racism in social care
# History Repeating Itself
# History Repeating Itself

'My foster father wiped down everything I touched': Call to tackle racism in social care

Apr 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 52,076 Views 0 Comments

Ireland is repeating the mistakes of mother and baby homes, social workers have warned.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 18,495 Views 27 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 31,159 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.

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 13,973 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 18,273 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'
'There can be no more messing about': Push for law to allow exhumations at mother and baby homes
# Burials Bill
# Burials Bill

'There can be no more messing about': Push for law to allow exhumations at mother and baby homes

Apr 14th 2021, 12:05 AM 10,653 Views 22 Comments
  • Legislation being debated today would allow excavations, exhumations and re-interment of remains at the sites of former mother and baby homes
  • Catherine Corless says as many sites as possible must be included
  • "The babies should have been taken out of there in 2017 when they were found," she says of Tuam

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 69,312 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - 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 13,409 Views 16 Comments

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

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