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# Survivors

Last month
December 2022
# 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."
Last year
2022
Voices
Tric Kearney: 'It was time to say I have more than survived George Gibney'
Author Tric Kearney describes how revisiting painful, 25-year-old memories in a popular podcast finally gave her and other survivors a voice.
All time
# compensation
'Can you put a price on trauma?': Redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes ready
The Cabinet is set to sign off on the details of a long-awaited redress scheme later today.
# Domestic Violence
Domestic violence survivors granted easier access to rent supplement on a permanent basis
The measure will be reviewed after three months to assess the applicant’s situation.
# Survivors
'The correct thing to do': Mother and Baby Homes Commission members urged to appear before Oireachtas committee
Tánaiste Leo Vardakar said the authors of the report should come before the Oireachtas “without delay”.
# Mary Daly
'Yet another blow to survivors': Women get few answers as Commissioner defends report
A number of Mother and Baby Home survivors finally got to hear from a Commissioner today – it did not go to plan.
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
'Women would disappear and no one said anything': Breaking the silence on mother and baby homes
# Concert
'Women would disappear and no one said anything': Breaking the silence on mother and baby homes
Survivors, adoptees and Christy Moore will perform in an event at the National Concert Hall tonight.
# OAK Consulting
Department says consulting firm was hired due to 'urgency' in setting up mother and baby home redress scheme
The government has hired OAK Consulting to oversee the consultation process at a cost of €20,000.
# Commission
'Adding insult to injury': Anger over mother and baby home recordings being destroyed
Survivors say they were not informed their testimony would be destroyed.
# final report
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.
# hard copies
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.
# State apology
'I apologise for the profound generational wrong': Taoiseach gives landmark apology to survivors of mother and baby homes
About 9,000 children died in the 18 homes under investigation.
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.
# final report
5-year investigation finds at least 9,000 children died in Ireland's mother and baby homes
Infant human remains were located during an excavation at Sean Ross mother and baby home, but appear to have been buried in coffins, unlike at Tuam.
Document details the experiences of women and children who lived in 14 mother and baby homes and four county homes.
Commission recommends redress, services such as counselling and enhanced medical cards.
Taoiseach to give State apology over mother and baby homes in the Dáil tomorrow.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January
The report will be published on the week of 11 January, Minister Roderic O’Gorman has confirmed.
# Cabinet Meeting
Government to set up archive of records related to institutional trauma in 20th century
The government released a statement about the Mother and Baby Homes this evening.
Voices
Opinion: 'I was born with my organs outside my body and given the last rites but now I have two children of my own'
When I was born I weighed just 3lbs 3oz and was expected to die. I survived but faced persistent bullying about my condition well into adulthood, writes Edwina Wrenn.
# Waterford
Tusla has a file from 1980s on Bill Kenneally, says abuse survivor
The 20-page file was written in the 1980s, and was brought to the attention of survivors through an FOI request.
# Disaster
Death toll in horrific Indonesia tsunami is now at least 832 and is expected to rise
The death toll is expected to worsen considerably as so many regions have yet to be heard from in the aftermath of the quake.
# pope francis
Pope compared cover up in Church to 'sh*t' in private meeting, abuse survivors say
The pope met a group of eight survivors this evening.
# Survivors
Progress on Bill Kenneally inquiry as survivors meet Justice Minister
The Commission of Investigation could start as early as this summer.
# Taiwan
'We could hear his phone ringing' - Taiwanese rescuers brave leaning building collapse amid quake aftershocks
At least nine people died in Tuesday’s earthquake in the popular tourist city of Hualien.
# New Zealand
Seven survivors from missing ferry found drifting in a dinghy on the Pacific Ocean
Six adults and a baby were on board the dinghy.
# Miryang
Witnesses describe mass panic as dozens killed in huge hospital blaze in South Korea
More than 130 were hurt in the fire, the country’s worst for 15 years.
# Survivors
'Now, I can tell my stories. I've been silenced my whole life': Tuam survivors network launches
Survivor Peter Mulryan was born in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway and lived in the institute for four and half years.
# Closure
Bravery medals would bring 'final closure' for Jadotville survivors
While families welcomed the recent awarding of a unit citation and Bonn Jadotville medal, it is hoped eight of the men will be specifically awarded for their bravery.
# Kermanshah
Survivors of Iran quake that killed more than 400 spend second night in the open air
Iran is observing a day of national mourning for victims of earthquake which killed more than 400 people on Sunday.
# las ramblas
'She thought I was dead': Irish survivor of Barcelona attack speaks out
An Irish-Filipino family were caught up in the Barcelona terror attack last week.
# Abuse
'We wanted to be loved': Institutional abuse survivors take their fight for justice to the UN
A report launched today criticises the State’s treatment of victims, which it says has caused further trauma.
Voices
'I'm a former child resident of a mother and baby home. We want truth and justice'
“Institutional Ireland” is still failing survivors of residential institutions, writes Conrad Bryan.
# Tragic
At least 254 dead, including 43 children, as toll from Colombian horror mudslide continues to climb
The deadly landslide, which struck late on Friday evening, resulted from days of heavy rains.
# Survivors
New Zealand beached whale crisis 'over' say rescuers
Many volunteers gathered on the shoreline broke down in tears on hearing the latest strandings appeared to be over.
# commemoration
President Higgins calls for fight against politics of fear and hatred while marking Holocaust Memorial
Minister Flanagan said we must be vigilant in standing against fundamentalist ideologies.
# not giving up
Hopes for new group of survivors at Italian mountain hotel following avalanche
More than 25 people are believed to have been staying at the hotel when it was hit.
# the Mediterranean
29 migrants die in toxic pool of fuel and seawater off coast of Libya
The horrific discovery was made yesterday by a Doctors without Borders (MSF) rescue ship.
# Disaster
Desperate search for survivors as Ecuador earthquake death toll passes 400
The earthquake is the biggest tragedy of its kind in Ecuador in 67 years.
# get yourself checked
"I was faced with the prospect of my daughter - who was 6 at the time - going to my funeral"
November is prostate cancer awareness month. We get some stories from the frontline of the battle against cancer.
# temporary
Accommodation for Carrickmines survivors found - but NOT in Rockville Drive
They will be housed in a car park adjacent to Ballyogan Works Depot.
# Survivors
"Ireland saw her as a fallen woman - but she was my mother"
Dublin councillor Francis Timmons, who grew up in a mother and baby home in the 1970s, is calling for James Reilly to take a look at redress schemes for survivors.
# sexual violence
Tusla defends its decision to withdraw funding from the Rape Crisis Network
It says, “The decision is dictated by the need to achieve the best use of limited available resources.”
# Survivors
Have the human rights of symphysiotomy survivors been abused?
Independent TD Clare Daly recently said that recommendations made by the United Nations have not been met.