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# mother-and-baby-homes - Monday 22 February, 2021

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 6,505 Views 7 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Friday 19 February, 2021

'My mother gave birth to three children in three mother and baby homes in three years'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'My mother gave birth to three children in three mother and baby homes in three years'

Feb 19th 2021, 6:04 PM 50,909 Views 0 Comments

Beth Wallace wants to commemorate her brother who died, aged five weeks, 49 years ago today.

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 21,144 Views 56 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Thursday 18 February, 2021

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
# Mother And Baby
# Mother And Baby

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar

Feb 18th 2021, 2:39 PM 12,060 Views 21 Comments

The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

UK police refer county home survivor back to gardaí over destruction of testimony
# Recordings
# Recordings

UK police refer county home survivor back to gardaí over destruction of testimony

Feb 17th 2021, 7:23 PM 24,668 Views 0 Comments

Mary Teresa Collins said she feels “very hurt and let down” by authorities in Ireland.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

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 33,234 Views 53 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 45,904 Views 30 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

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

'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 57,539 Views 0 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Saturday 6 February, 2021

Michelle O'Neill: Mother and baby homes were the product of systemic misogyny
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Michelle O'Neill: Mother and baby homes were the product of systemic misogyny

Feb 6th 2021, 2:00 PM 22,536 Views 65 Comments

Following the recent report on institutions there, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister says an all-island approach is needed on this issue, to address the wrongs of the past.

'Lives could be saved': Woman with MS says adopted people should have access to medical history
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'Lives could be saved': Woman with MS says adopted people should have access to medical history

Feb 6th 2021, 10:30 AM 25,422 Views 4 Comments

“So many lives could be made better, saved, elongated, if doctors knew what they were testing for.”

# mother-and-baby-homes - Friday 5 February, 2021

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 18,403 Views 5 Comments

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

# mother-and-baby-homes - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Varadkar says he was 'quite surprised' that mother and baby home testimony was destroyed
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

Varadkar says he was 'quite surprised' that mother and baby home testimony was destroyed

Updated Feb 4th 2021, 1:35 PM 22,340 Views 24 Comments

There have been calls for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to not be dissolved at the end of the month.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Sunday 31 January, 2021

'Adding insult to injury': Anger over mother and baby home recordings being destroyed
# Commission
# Commission

'Adding insult to injury': Anger over mother and baby home recordings being destroyed

Updated Jan 31st 2021, 1:58 PM 26,287 Views 38 Comments

Survivors say they were not informed their testimony would be destroyed.

Opinion: 'She knocked on the door and the nun said her son was gone' - the story of the forgotten foster children
# Children's Rights
# Children's Rights

Opinion: 'She knocked on the door and the nun said her son was gone' - the story of the forgotten foster children

Jan 31st 2021, 8:30 AM 28,675 Views 12 Comments

Jamie Canavan is researching the stories of children who were forced into ‘boarding out’, a term given to fostering in the early to mid last century.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Saturday 30 January, 2021

Babies from Cork County Home were buried in coffins with adults or amputated limbs
# Burials
# Burials

Babies from Cork County Home were buried in coffins with adults or amputated limbs

Jan 30th 2021, 2:52 PM 51,380 Views 14 Comments

A Bessborough survivor has said the revelations are “heartbreaking and shocking”.

'The brother whipped him until his back was bleeding, then gave him an orange to keep quiet'
# Industrial School
# Industrial School

'The brother whipped him until his back was bleeding, then gave him an orange to keep quiet'

Jan 30th 2021, 10:30 AM 142,841 Views 30 Comments

Joe McAveety was born in a mother and baby home and grew up in industrial schools which were rife with physical and sexual abuse.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Children's Committee wants Chair of Mother and Baby Homes Commission to answer questions
# Final Report
# Final Report

Children's Committee wants Chair of Mother and Baby Homes Commission to answer questions

Jan 27th 2021, 12:53 PM 12,108 Views 16 Comments

Survivors will be asked to attend a separate hearing so they can raise any questions or concerns they have.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

Northern Ireland mother and baby homes report ‘reveals legacy of lifetime of trauma’
# The North
# The North

Northern Ireland mother and baby homes report ‘reveals legacy of lifetime of trauma’

Jan 26th 2021, 4:28 PM 6,017 Views 4 Comments

Ministers in Northern Ireland are to establish a ‘victim-centred’ independent investigation.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Sunday 24 January, 2021

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley: The story of Derek Leinster and the Bethany Home tells us we have more to learn
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley: The story of Derek Leinster and the Bethany Home tells us we have more to learn

Jan 24th 2021, 8:30 AM 21,182 Views 5 Comments

NUIG historian Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley says the recent Commission report into mother and baby homes needed to have a deeper look at Protestant institutions and the neglect of children like Derek.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Saturday 23 January, 2021

Opinion: The mother and baby homes Commission report misses the point on redress
# Child Welfare
# Child Welfare

Opinion: The mother and baby homes Commission report misses the point on redress

Jan 23rd 2021, 10:00 AM 15,382 Views 16 Comments

Academic Máiréad Enright takes a forensic look at the Mother & Baby Home report and shares her concerns with its approach to redress.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Friday 22 January, 2021

Mother and baby home survivor sues State and order of nuns over alleged treatment at Bessborough
# Bessborough
# Bessborough

Mother and baby home survivor sues State and order of nuns over alleged treatment at Bessborough

Jan 22nd 2021, 5:02 PM 16,421 Views 0 Comments

The action is understood to be one of the first brought following the publication of the final report by the commission of investigation earlier this month.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Poll: Should a 'national voluntary collection' be set up for survivors of mother and baby homes?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should a 'national voluntary collection' be set up for survivors of mother and baby homes?

Jan 21st 2021, 11:08 AM 32,786 Views 54 Comments

Senator Rónán Mullen said the money could be collected in addition to Church and State contributions to a redress scheme.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Local councils to apologise for their involvement in Ireland's mother and baby homes, says minister

Local councils to apologise for their involvement in Ireland's mother and baby homes, says minister

Jan 20th 2021, 6:10 PM 7,613 Views 7 Comments

There were emotional contributions by some TDs in the Dáil today.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Sunday 17 January, 2021

Archbishop says religious orders should not be 'scapegoated' for Mother and Baby Homes
# Redress
# Redress

Archbishop says religious orders should not be 'scapegoated' for Mother and Baby Homes

Jan 17th 2021, 2:31 PM 75,292 Views 223 Comments

Archbishop Eamon Martin said that the church was “expected to intervene” when society “banished” mothers.

'Illegitimate children could contaminate the morals of society so had to be hidden and illegally adopted'
# Commission
# Commission

'Illegitimate children could contaminate the morals of society so had to be hidden and illegally adopted'

Jan 17th 2021, 8:00 AM 33,611 Views 0 Comments

Adopted people and survivors of mother and baby homes say forced adoption was widespread, regardless of what the commission says.

'We can't just say it's too difficult': Could criminal investigations into Ireland's mother and baby homes happen?
# Legal Questions
# Legal Questions

'We can't just say it's too difficult': Could criminal investigations into Ireland's mother and baby homes happen?

Jan 17th 2021, 12:05 AM 24,758 Views 43 Comments

There have been calls for investigations following the publication of a long-awaited report this week.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Saturday 16 January, 2021

'We were told our mothers were prostitutes and ne'er-do-wells. My mother was a senior civil servant, aged 30'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'We were told our mothers were prostitutes and ne'er-do-wells. My mother was a senior civil servant, aged 30'

Jan 16th 2021, 10:30 AM 121,228 Views 0 Comments

Susan Lohan says adopted people have for decades been fed a false narrative about their mothers in the hopes they won’t try to find them.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Friday 15 January, 2021

Attorney General tells Taoiseach referendum not needed to grant adopted people birth cert access
# Mother And Baby Home
# Mother And Baby Home

Attorney General tells Taoiseach referendum not needed to grant adopted people birth cert access

Jan 15th 2021, 5:00 PM 13,441 Views 27 Comments

Survivors have campaigned for access to their personal information for years.

President Higgins says State 'must bear primary responsibility' for mother and baby homes
# Report
# Report

President Higgins says State 'must bear primary responsibility' for mother and baby homes

Jan 15th 2021, 8:22 AM 23,075 Views 101 Comments

Michael D Higgins issued a statement on the report published this week.

Opinion: It's finally time to admit that the Government's legal advice on adoption is wrong

Opinion: It's finally time to admit that the Government's legal advice on adoption is wrong

Jan 15th 2021, 12:10 AM 19,359 Views 46 Comments

David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College, says the legal advice provided to Government in relation to rights of adopted children is flawed and a referendum on the matter is not needed.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Judi Dench pays tribute to Mother and Baby Homes survivor Philomena Lee
# Philomena
# Philomena

Judi Dench pays tribute to Mother and Baby Homes survivor Philomena Lee

Jan 14th 2021, 8:00 PM 42,018 Views 13 Comments

The Oscar-winner portrayed Lee in the 2013 film Philomena, which documented her 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son, Anthony.

Mother and baby home survivors told they can request full paper copy of commission report if they want to read it
# Hard Copies
# Hard Copies

Mother and baby home survivors told they can request full paper copy of commission report if they want to read it

Jan 14th 2021, 2:54 PM 11,583 Views 12 Comments

The department said no physical copies of the report were made available ahead of its online release.

The 'redoubtable' public servant who first raised concerns about the mother and baby homes
# Alice Litster
# Alice Litster

The 'redoubtable' public servant who first raised concerns about the mother and baby homes

Jan 14th 2021, 6:30 AM 30,406 Views 17 Comments

Alice Litster was praised for her work that shined “a light on the failings of these institutions”.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Wednesday 13 January, 2021

'The shame was not theirs – it was ours': Full text of Taoiseach's apology to mother and baby home survivors
# Church And State
# Church And State

'The shame was not theirs – it was ours': Full text of Taoiseach's apology to mother and baby home survivors

Jan 13th 2021, 2:10 PM 12,959 Views 56 Comments

It comes following a five-year investigation by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission.

'I apologise for the profound generational wrong': Taoiseach gives landmark apology to survivors of mother and baby homes
# State Apology
# State Apology

'I apologise for the profound generational wrong': Taoiseach gives landmark apology to survivors of mother and baby homes

Jan 13th 2021, 1:39 PM 27,654 Views 70 Comments
  • The full report from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation was released yesterday.
  • The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Children's Minister issued statements.
  • "The State failed you, the mothers and children in these homes," Micheál Martin said.
Mother and baby home report and government's response is a 'whitewash', says Boyd Barrett
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Mother and baby home report and government's response is a 'whitewash', says Boyd Barrett

Jan 13th 2021, 1:32 PM 32,083 Views 72 Comments

The Taoiseach said he is concerned his statement yesterday is being presented in a certain light.

'We did not live up to our Christianity': Bon Secours apologises for Tuam mother and baby home
# Tuam
# Tuam

'We did not live up to our Christianity': Bon Secours apologises for Tuam mother and baby home

Jan 13th 2021, 11:18 AM 27,914 Views 104 Comments

Historian Catherine Corless said she is grateful for the “honest” statement.

'Callousness and cruelty': International headlines about mother and baby home report
# Report
# Report

'Callousness and cruelty': International headlines about mother and baby home report

Jan 13th 2021, 8:49 AM 38,835 Views 72 Comments

Here is a look at some of the coverage abroad about the report.

'Nice-looking girl but her father is Jamaican': Attitude to race impacted on adoption from homes
# Discrimination
# Discrimination

'Nice-looking girl but her father is Jamaican': Attitude to race impacted on adoption from homes

Jan 13th 2021, 12:05 AM 38,091 Views 25 Comments

The Commission’s report also found that physical and intellectual disabilities impacted on outcomes for children.

# mother-and-baby-homes - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

How a God-fearing Ireland shamed, abandoned and punished its 'fallen' women and girls
# Analysis
# Analysis

How a God-fearing Ireland shamed, abandoned and punished its 'fallen' women and girls

Jan 12th 2021, 11:13 PM 43,505 Views 107 Comments

‘My mother had been conditioned to feel grateful for the sanctuary of the home as she had committed a terrible sin in having sex outside of marriage and they would take care of her bastard child, me.’