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# Roderic O'Gorman

This year
Minister: 'No level of consultation' would change views of some on housing asylum seekers
Minister Roderic O’Gorman also expressed concern about the impact of some ‘untrue, online rumours’.
Children’s Minister to seek approval to alter legal status of childminders
The move would allow parents to qualify for the National Childcare Scheme if they have a registered childminder.
Citywest closes to new International Protection arrivals, but facility remains open for processing
The International Protection Accommodation Service will continue to provide accommodation for IP families with children.
Calls for industrial buildings to be 'utilised' in response to impending Citywest closure
An advisor to the Irish Red Cross said industrial buildings should be utilised until ‘something more sustainable appears’.
Irish Sign Language Act 'not operating as intended' and is 'poor across most sections'
These were among the findings of the first report on the implementation of the Irish Sign Language Act (2017).
Modular houses to come on stream as Cabinet briefed on refugee accommodation crisis
Many hotels currently under contract with the Department of Integration will revert to tourist trade in March and April.
Last year
'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."
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."
East Wall: Donohoe says residents raised 'important and sensitive' matters relating to housing of refugees
Protests have taken place in East Wall this week.
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.
'Inhuman and degrading': Concerns over tented accommodation for asylum seekers in Athlone
A refugee and asylum seekers support organisation working in the area describe the situation as ‘quite critical’.
The Department of Equality and Integration confirmed 146 people are accommodated in tents at the site.
New Horizon, a local refugee and asylum seekers support organisation, describe the conditions as 'inhuman and degrading'.
Its chair told The Journal: 'You cannot have people in tents at the beginning of December in Ireland.'
East Wall: Minister to meet residents as Tánaiste says people don't have 'veto' on who lives nearby
A spokesperson for the Minister confirmed that a meeting would take place this week.
Minister says East Wall 'leaflet drop' is planned amid dispute over asylum seeker accommodation
Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward said there ‘seems to be a complete lack of planning from the Department’.
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.
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.
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”.
O'Gorman 'can't rule out' refugees sleeping on streets as Citywest closes to new arrivals
It was reported yesterday that the Citywest facility has now reached capacity.
'€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.
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.
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.
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.
'A historic moment': Adopted people can access information about their birth from today
The new law allows people who were adopted or boarded out to access information about their origins.
No spike in people seeking asylum from Russia in Ireland, O'Gorman says
Minister Roderic O’Gorman said applications made will also be treated on an “individualised basis”.
Minister hopes parents using childminders will benefit from cheaper childcare next year
Roderic O’Gorman says some childminders are concerned about what a new regulatory system will mean for them.
Victims of domestic violence to be entitled to five days of paid leave under new plans
It is one of a number of measures in the Work Life Balance Bill.
'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.”
Childcare providers welcome ‘historic’ wage increase deal
Early years teacher and Siptu activist Deborah Reynolds said that it was a ‘historic day for our profession’.
Kildare protest against housing for Ukrainians postponed as group to meet minister
A local group said it has a range of issues with plans for modular homes in Newbridge.
Childcare fees should fall by 50% over the next two Budgets, says minister
Minister Roderic O’Gorman said his focus is on improving affordability for parents in this year’s Budget.
Tusla cannot confirm how many records it has about St Gerard's mother and baby home
A report by
Órla Ryan
The Child and Family Agency refused an FOI request from Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan, saying it could not locate records about his sister.
Tusla confirms it has records about St Gerard's but can't say how many, Órla Ryan reports
The agency said it cannot read the documents unless a person requests them via FOI or under GDPR
Tusla refused an FOI request from Peter Mulryan, saying it cannot locate records about his sister
'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
Almost 900 people sign up to adoption tracing system - 32 have 'no contact' preference
A total of 891 adopted people and relatives applied to the new register in July.
Independent office to lead excavation of Tuam Mother and Baby Home site
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman proposed the office be set up following the signing into law of the Institutional Burials Act.
More Mother and Baby Home survivors to take legal action if they're excluded from Redress Bill
There is mounting pressure on the Government to extend the redress scheme to cover extra survivors.
Tuam mother and baby home site to be excavated after President signs Burials Bill into law
The legislation will also allow for the excavation and reburial of remains at the sites of other former institutions.
Adopted people will finally get access to records after President signs Bill into law
The Bill provides for the release of an adopted person’s birth certificate and early life information.
First of 500 modular homes to accommodate Ukrainian refugees to be built by November
All of the units are set to be two-bed apartments and will be able to accommodate a maximum of four refugees.
'Unacceptable harassment' on LGBTQ+ community persisting, Dáil hears ahead of Dublin Pride
In a statement ahead of Dublin Pride, the Minister for Equality said trans people in particular continue to experience discrimination and abuse.
Bill aiming to help adopted people access information about their life passes Oireacthas
It seeks to clear a way for adopted people to access information on their life.
Bethany Home survivor 'highly concerned' by legal delays as State seeks more time to respond
The State believes parts of Derek Leinster’s case fall outside the statute of limitations.
Research to inform conversion therapy ban expected by end of summer
Roderic O’Gorman said the research will inform legislation to ban the controversial practice in Ireland.