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Social Democrats vote unanimously to push government towards clear redress scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors
At the party’s national conference, Social Democrats voted to call on the government to prioritise addressing survivors’ concerns.
'If the Commission dissolves tomorrow, we'll be denied justice': Survivor says testimony was 'misrepresented'
One survivor says her experience was “misrepresented” to a “shocking extent” in the final report by the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes.
O'Gorman says there is 'no meaningful reason' to extend Mother and Baby Homes Commission
The minister noted that members of the commission “can’t be compelled to come before the Oireachtas”.
Data Protection Commissioner: Transfer of Mother and Baby Homes records to Dept could be 'high risk'
Around 100,000 records are expected to be moved to the Department of Children next week.
TDs ask how testimony 'miraculously appeared down back of sofa', as time runs out to extend Commission
A Social Democrats’ motion to extend the commission’s term by one year had broad support but is non-binding and is not being acted on by government.
TDs still pushing for extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission despite 'miraculous' recovery of testimony
The commission is due to dissolve on 28 February but a number of TDs want its term extended amid concerns over deleted audio recordings.
Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony can be retrieved, Dept confirms
The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has agreed to deposit the recordings with the Department.
Call for TDs to get free vote on extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission
Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore said the issue “goes beyond party politics”.
'My mother gave birth to three children in three mother and baby homes in three years'
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
“We all know how difficult it is to permanently destroy electronic information,” the minister said today.
If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.
UK police refer county home survivor back to gardaí over destruction of testimony
Mary Teresa Collins said she feels “very hurt and let down” by authorities in Ireland.
Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony 'cannot be retrieved', O'Gorman confirms
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
A number of witnesses have contacted the gardaí and Data Protection Commissioner to date.
'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.
Michelle O'Neill: Mother and baby homes were the product of systemic misogyny
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
“So many lives could be made better, saved, elongated, if doctors knew what they were testing for.”
Chair of mother and baby home commission declines invitation to appear before Children's Committee
Committee members are “very disappointed” by the latest development.
Varadkar says he was 'quite surprised' that mother and baby home testimony was destroyed
There have been calls for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to not be dissolved at the end of the month.
'Adding insult to injury': Anger over mother and baby home recordings being destroyed
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
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.
Babies from Cork County Home were buried in coffins with adults or amputated limbs
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'
Joe McAveety was born in a mother and baby home and grew up in industrial schools which were rife with physical and sexual abuse.
Children's Committee wants Chair of Mother and Baby Homes Commission to answer questions
Survivors will be asked to attend a separate hearing so they can raise any questions or concerns they have.
Northern Ireland mother and baby homes report ‘reveals legacy of lifetime of trauma’
Ministers in Northern Ireland are to establish a ‘victim-centred’ independent investigation.
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley: The story of Derek Leinster and the Bethany Home tells us we have more to learn
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.
Opinion: The mother and baby homes Commission report misses the point on redress
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 home survivor sues State and order of nuns over alleged treatment at Bessborough
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.
Poll: Should a 'national voluntary collection' be set up for survivors of mother and baby homes?
Senator Rónán Mullen said the money could be collected in addition to Church and State contributions to a redress scheme.
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.
Archbishop says religious orders should not be 'scapegoated' for Mother and Baby Homes
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'
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?
There have been calls for investigations following the publication of a long-awaited report this week.
'We were told our mothers were prostitutes and ne'er-do-wells. My mother was a senior civil servant, aged 30'
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.
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.
President Higgins says State 'must bear primary responsibility' for mother and baby homes
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
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.
Judi Dench pays tribute to Mother and Baby Homes survivor Philomena Lee
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
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 was praised for her work that shined “a light on the failings of these institutions”.