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# mother-and-baby homes

Voices
Opinion: Will it take a miracle for State to do right thing on Mother and Baby redress scheme?
The proposed redress scheme – which is expected to pass in the Dáil today – is deeply flawed, James Smith writes.
Yesterday
31st January 2023
Voices
Analysis: The six-month rule for Mother and Baby Homes redress does not add up
Barrister Seán Beatty says the government’s six-month rule around compensation is impossible to justify.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# mother-and-baby homes
Planning application denied for apartments on former Bessborough Mother and Baby Home site
Cork City Council admitted in June that it was unable to find the burial place of twin babies who apparently died in Bessborough.
Last month
January 2023
# Institutions
'Four lives were ripped apart': Woman plans legal action over mother's exclusion from redress
Mary wanted to raise her three children, but they were all taken from her. She died before she got justice.
Mary wanted to raise her three children but they were all taken from her, Órla Ryan reports
Her daughter is considering legal action over the fact Mary is excluded from the Mother and Baby Home redress scheme
"All of us were treated like criminals. The cruelty is just beyond words."
Redacted Lives: Catch up on our documentary series about Mother and Baby Homes
'Five grand can't give me my son back': Mother and Baby Home survivors hit out at redress plans
# Excavation
Tuam mother and baby home site will finally be excavated after Director is appointed next month
Relatives have welcomed the news but said there can be no further delays.
Last year
2022
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Catch up on our documentary series about Mother and Baby Homes
The six-part series follows survivors as they search for loved ones, answers and justice.
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Listen to the final episode of our new documentary series here
NEW EPISODE: Roderic O’Gorman is the latest minister to be passed what some survivors call a poisoned chalice: tackling issues caused by Ireland’s mother and baby home system How much can he achieve while in office?
# redacted lives
'Five grand can't give me my son back': Mother and Baby Home survivors hit out at redress plans
The final episode of Redacted Lives explores redress and plans to finally excavate the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam.
The final episode of Redacted Lives explores redress and plans to finally excavate the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam
Survivors believe State could face further legal action if so many people remain excluded from redress scheme, Órla Ryan reports
Maria Arbuckle says: "Five grand isn't going to change my life. My son being taken off me changed my life."
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Final episode explores redress and plans to excavate Tuam mother and baby home site
The final episode in the series features an interview with Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman.
In the sixth and final episode in the series, A Living Wound, we hear from Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman
Also in this episode, survivors explain why they disagree with the Government’s approach to redress and other issues
As Maria Arbuckle said: "“Five grand isn’t going to change my life. My son being taken off me changed my life."
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Listen to the fifth episode of our new documentary series here
NEW EPISODE: If or when they re-entered society, women sent to mother and baby homes were not expected to talk about what happened to them, let alone attempt to reconnect with their children. Many did, however – but with mixed success.
# redacted lives
'I don't want to die not knowing': Adopted people share their search to find their identity
The penultimate episode of Redacted Lives follows people on their search for relatives and information about their early lives – and the jubilation and heartbreak that journey can bring.
The penultimate episode of Redacted Lives follows people on their search for relatives and information, Órla Ryan reports
"I'm getting older now, I don't want to die not knowing," Marguerite Penrose tells us
One man who believes he was illegally adopted also shares the impact this has had on his life
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Mother and Baby Home survivors share if they found who they were looking for
In the penultimate episode in the series mothers and adopted people share the outcome of their searches.
In the penultimate episode in the series we find out if the survivors found who they were looking for
We also hear from adopted people about their search for their parents and information about their identity
Maria Arbuckle, like many women, spent decades looking for her son until a breakthrough in 2021
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Listen to the fourth episode of our documentary series here
NEW EPISODE: Many survivors felt as though the Mother and Baby Homes Commission was a chance for society to learn what truly happened in these institutions. But it fell short of offering the closure many needed, leading experts to ask: how?
# 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.
# redacted lives
Gardaí investigating 20 alleged crimes related to Mother and Baby Homes
In total, 89 complaints have been made to gardaí to date.
In total, 89 complaints have been made to gardaí to date, Órla Ryan reports
Most of those cases have been closed, but 20 remain open and are currently being investigated
Garda Commissioner says it would be difficult to prosecute people given the length of time that has passed
# Excavation
Recruitment launched for Director who will oversee excavation of Tuam mother and baby home site
The recovery of remains at the site is expected to begin early next year.
# Tuam
Redacted Lives: How boys robbing apples, and a local historian, uncovered a dark part of Irish history
The third episode of our new documentary series explores Tuam mother and baby home.
The third episode of our new documentary series explores Tuam mother and baby home
In 1975, two children hiding after being caught robbing apples uncovered what appeared to be piles of tiny bones
Decades later, their discovery was researched by a woman named Catherine Corless - who had no idea of the chain of events she would set into motion
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Listen to the second episode of our new documentary series here
A system of mother and baby homes, Magdalene laundries, and industrial schools flourished in 20th century Ireland. We examine how the Catholic Church’s hold on society allowed this to happen.
# tributes
'A remarkable man': Bethany Home campaigner Derek Leinster dies aged 81
His legal proceedings against the State are ongoing.
# redacted lives
'We were a pure Catholic nation - and anyone who challenged that in any way was punished'
The latest episode of Redacted Lives, The Journal’s new podcast, explores the power nexus between Church and State in Ireland.
The latest episode of Redacted Lives, The Journal's new podcast, explores the power nexus between Church and State
High Walls examines how and why so many unmarried mothers and their children were incarcerated in Ireland
Éamon de Valera tried to have the Constitution approved by the pope in 1937, Órla Ryan reports
Redacted Lives: The second episode of our new documentary series is out now
# high walls
Redacted Lives: The second episode of our new documentary series is out now
High Walls explores how and why so many unmarried mothers and their children were incarcerated in Ireland.
In 20th century Ireland, the Catholic Church exerted huge control over almost every aspect of people’s lives
Becoming pregnant outside marriage was viewed as one of the most shameful things a person could do
High Walls explores how and why so many unmarried mothers and their children were incarcerated in this country
Redacted Lives: The first episode of our new documentary series is out now
# bessborough
Planning permission sought for apartment buildings on site of former Mother and Baby Home
The burial place of 859 children who died at the Co Cork home is unknown.
# tracey 1735
Redacted Lives: Listen to the first episode of our new documentary series here
Redacted Lives is a new documentary series from The Journal that tells the real story of mother and baby homes, and how the State continues to deny survivors access to information, proper redress and ownership of their true identities.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Mother and Baby Homes: Forum says Tusla is 'erratic, dysfunctional and devoid of trust'
The Collaborative Forum’s report was finally published today – four years after it was compiled.
# tracey 1735
Redacted Lives: The first episode of our new documentary series is out now
The Journal has launched a new podcast series that explores the experiences of people who passed through mother and baby homes.
The Journal has launched a new podcast series that explores the experiences of people who passed through mother and baby homes.
More than 100,000 people spent time in these institutions in Ireland Their crime? Getting pregnant, or being born, outside marriage
Decades later, their search for answers continues
# redacted lives
'Pregnant from Ireland' - A term many people didn't know until recently, even the women themselves
Redacted Lives, a new podcast series about mother and baby homes, was released this week.
Redacted Lives, a new podcast series about mother and baby homes, was released this week
Episode one explores a certain term you may not have heard before: 'Pregnant from Ireland'
Some women labelled PFIs were brought back from the UK to Ireland against their will, like Terri Harrison
Redacted Lives: The first episode of our new documentary series is out now
# legal delays
Mother and Baby Homes: Collaborative Forum's report to finally be published - after years of delays
One member of the forum has said it’s largely pointless to publish the report now.
# redacted lives
Redacted Lives: New podcast will explore how families were torn apart by Mother and Baby Homes
Survivors of the mother and baby home system are finally telling their true stories.
# bessborough
'You're a Quinn, you're one of us': Woman adopted to US in 1960 finally meets her Irish family
After years of searching – and having the wrong name for her father – Mary Jo Sullivan met her family.
Mary Jo Sullivan spent her early years in Bessborough mother and baby institution in Cork, before being adopted to the US in 1960
After years of searching - and having the wrong name for her father - she finally met her family in September
'Search angels', DNA and a photograph made it happen, Órla Ryan reports
'€5,000 for your child being taken? You would get multiples of that for a whiplash injury'
Mother and Baby Homes: Survivors say redress scheme ignores the trauma of family separation
# Redress
Government told to sue religious orders, or seize their assets, if they refuse to pay redress
Kathleen Funchion said the fact that pharma companies will not pay towards redress, and that religious orders may not pay, is “absolutely disgusting”.
# Redress
'€5,000 for your child being taken? You would get multiples of that for a whiplash injury'
Opposition TDs have sharply criticised the Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme.
Voices
Holly Cairns: Calculating redress based on length of time in an institution is just wrong
The Social Democrats TD says the government’s redress scheme fails to consider human rights violations perpetrated on thousands of women and children.
# Redress
Mother and Baby Homes: People will have up to five years to apply for redress under new scheme
New payment bands for compensation have now been confirmed.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Mother and Baby Homes: Survivors say redress scheme ignores the trauma of family separation
The controversial €800 million scheme was approved by the Cabinet today.
Voices
Opinion: Last week, birth information became accessible - but the law doesn't go far enough
Adoption rights campaigner Claire McGettrick says the State’s recent conduct in this area must be recognised as a war of attrition.
# review scrapped
Mother and Baby Homes: Some consequences - like testimonies - are more important than others
Nearly two years after the Commission of Investigation published its final report, survivors are still being ignored, Órla Ryan writes.
# Vaccine Trials
Mixed-raced people had 'childhood stolen' in Irish institutions & redress must be extended, UN says
Conrad Bryan believes he was subjected to a vaccine trial, and not placed for adoption, because of the colour of his skin.
UN human rights experts have criticised the Government's response to the "systemic racism" faced by people who passed through State and religious-run institutions
The experts say the Government's planned redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes is inadequate
Conrad Bryan believes he was subjected to a vaccine trial, and not placed for adoption, because of the colour of his skin, Órla Ryan reports
'100 years of injustice': Survivors call for mother and baby home redress scheme to be extended
# boarded out
'100 years of injustice': Survivors call for mother and baby home redress scheme to be extended
“Violation of human rights could become a thorn in the side of this Government.”
# project infant
'These were babies, not numbers': New website documents deaths in mother and baby homes
Project Infant has been created by student Daniel Loftus.
# mother and baby homes
'This isn't justice': Relatives criticise fact Bessborough site won't be excavated like Tuam
The burial place of over 850 children who died in Bessborough mother and baby home, or shortly after being transferred to hospital from there, remains unknown.