Legal experts: Commission obliged to provide burial info

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission is obliged under human rights law to provide information to family members about where their relatives are buried — despite ...

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GPs vote for acceptance of €210m Government deal

GPs have voted in favour of accepting a €210m deal with the Government which will see substantial investment in general practice over the next four years.

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Belfast author makes history by winning three gongs at Children's Book Ireland awards

Director of CBI Elaina Ryan said: "Today’s winners represent a new wave of artists whose work is truly extraordinary".

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Sealing child abuse records is ‘dangerous’

Legislation to seal millions of child abuse records for 75 years was drafted so “all possible provisions” of the National Archives Act, which allows ...

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Government criticised for 'hypocrisy and dishonesty' over illegal adoption inquiry

It comes as a number of prominent independent politicians introduced a motion in the Dáil calling for an immediate inquiry and for immediate redress to be ...

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Calls for Government to set up State inquiry into forced and illegal adoptions

A number of prominent politicians have called on the Government to establish an immediate State inquiry into forced and illegal adoption.

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No completion date for probe into murder suspect priest

A HSE investigation into the activities of a US priest at the centre of the Netflix true crime documentary The Keepers has now been running for two years.

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Report on using DNA samples to identify infant remains at Tuam completed

A report examining if it is possible to start taking DNA samples from survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home to help identify hundreds of children who died there ...

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Cork mental health centre criticised

A mental health facility in Glanmire, Cork, has again been criticised for failing to ensure the privacy, dignity, or autonomy of its residents.

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Katherine Zappone says leaking final mother and baby homes report would 'undermine its integrity'

Children's minister Katherine Zappone warned the collaborative forum on mother and baby homes against leaking its final report saying it would "damage" its work ...

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Total of 36 people suspected of buying sex services

A total of 36 people were stopped by gardaí on suspicion of having purchased sexual services from a prostitute over the weekend.

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Phelan: No capacity to resolve screening delays

Campaigner Vicky Phelan has hit out at lengthy delays in the cervical screening process as “unacceptable”.

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Watchdog raps Aer Lingus for misinformation on pets

Aer Lingus has been rapped by the advertising watchdog over an advertised price for bringing pets on a flight.

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Department of Justice offers redress to women involved in dispute

"At least this gives the girls involved a chance to get on with their lives and maybe get some peace. This will never leave us, having to engage solicitors, gather ...

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Children's minister accused of misrepresenting Mother and Baby Homes report

Children's minister Katherine Zappone has been accused of "completely misrepresenting" the recommendations of the Collaborative Forum on Mother and Baby Homes by ...

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Bessborough report referred to gardaí

The report on burials practices in mother and baby homes is to be referred to An Garda Síochána to see if any of the issues raised warrant criminal ...

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Scoping work slammed as ‘cosmetic’ exercise

Adoption campaigners have said the long-delayed scoping exercise into illegal registrations is a “cosmetic” exercise as it is not looking at illegal ...

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Commission says they are prohibited from telling surviving family members about burial locations

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission says it is legally prohibited from informing any surviving family members of the children they have found burial locations for. ...

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Group wants inquests for every child at Tuam

Survivors of the Tuam mother and baby home have said the only way the causes of death of the children who died in the institution can be established is by holding ...

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Everybody knew about burials so why does silence persist?

Report took five years but runs to just 100 pages; Fails to look at causes or registration of deaths

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'I just cried and cried': Sister of Bessborough baby learns of brother's burial site in report

The sister of a baby boy who died in Bessborough only found out that he was buried in a former famine grave via the Commission's burials report.

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Mother and Baby Homes report: Scathing criticism of Order’s role in running of Bessborough

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission has said it is “very difficult to comprehend” how the Order which ran Bessborough has no information as to where ...

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Burial place of over 800 children who died in Bessborough unknown; Read commission's findings on Mother and Baby homes

The burial place of well over 800 children who died in the care of Bessborough Mother and Baby Home is unknown - despite "very extensive inquiries and searches".

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Mother and Baby Homes forum want full report published

Members of the Collaborative Forum on Mother and Baby Homes have expressed their disappointment at the Government's refusal to publish its full report.

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Problem drug use is on the rise in Ireland

Problem cocaine use is on the rise, with the number of cases of cocaine addiction jumping by 32% between 2016 and 2017.

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Forum members dismayed by refusal to publish Mother and Baby Homes report in full

Members of the Collaborative Forum on Mother and Baby Homes have expressed their disappointment at the Government's refusal to publish its full report.

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Department of Justice accepts women did work in laundry

The Department of Justice has said it now accepts that “on the balance of probabilities”, 14 women with whom it was in dispute did work in the High Park ...

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Environmental groups concerned about Lidl's in-store recycling plan

Environmental groups have expressed concerns about supermarket giant Lidl's plan for new in-store bins for unwanted packaging.

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Scoping exercise to only examine records for specific illegality markers

The scoping exercise into illegal birth registrations is restricted to only examining records for specific markers which might indicate illegality.

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Garda Síochána ‘over-promising, under-delivering’

The Policing Authority has said that An Garda Síochána is repeatedly “over-promising and under-delivering” with respect to reforming the ...

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Surge in sexually transmitted infections

There has been a surge in sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) within the past year, with cases of syphilis increasing by over 22%.

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‘Heartbeat of Trócaire’ Sally O’Neill Sanchez dies in crash

Tributes have been paid to “the heartbeat” of Trócaire, Sally O’Neill Sanchez, who was killed in a car crash in Guatemala.

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No response for women in Magdalene laundry dates dispute

A total of 14 women who were in An Grianán training centre post-1980 and worked in the attached High Park Magdalene laundry in Dublin have yet to receive ...

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Gardaí will be allowed to wear turbans and the hijab

Turbans and the hijab will be allowed to be worn by Sikh and Muslim members of the Garda.

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Cork airport launches eight new routes

Cork Airport has launched eight new routes to its summer schedule offering new services to Croatia, Italy, France, Hungary, and Poland.

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Zappone: Report on mother and baby homes ‘substantial’

A report on burial practices at Ireland’s main mother and baby homes has been described as “substantial” and will be published once survivors groups ...

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Report into illegal birth registrations to be submitted to Minister before Easter

The long-delayed report into illegal birth registrations will be submitted to children's minister Katherine Zappone before Easter.

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40% drop in number of waterbirds spending winter in Ireland

Ireland is an important wintering area for these birds which breed at Arctic latitudes and migrate southwards to spend the winter on estuaries, coastal bays, rivers ...

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Surfing, climbing and skateboarding among new Olympic sports

If there's one way to deflect from the Olympics being routinely mired in scandals - it's to make make it more hip and urban for the kids.

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Call for inquiry records to be anonymised, not sealed

Thousands of testimonies relating to child abuse in institutions and related records should be redacted and anonymised, instead of being sealed for 75 years.

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Government ‘backing down in face of racists’

The Government has been accused of backing down “in the face of racist arson attacks” by shelving plans for a direct provision centre in Rooskey in Leitrim. ...

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Government to publish mother and baby homes report

The Government will publish a key report on burial practices at Ireland’s main mother and baby homes “as quickly as possible”.

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Just seven women get new Magdalene redress payment

Just seven of the 97 women who applied to the widened Magdalene redress scheme have received a payment.

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Near demolition of Bessborough folly stopped by Cork City Council

Controversial works which have resulted in the near total demolition of the historic ‘folly’ near a burial plot at the site the former Bessborough Mother ...

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Bessborough survivors ‘anguished’ by folly destruction

Cork City Council investigators have visited the site of the former Bessborough mother and baby home to ascertain if the destruction of the historic ‘folly’ ...

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School students to strike in demand for climate action

Students from secondary schools all around the country are to strike next week over the Government’s lack of action on climate change.

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Ireland has highest level of claimed sexual harassment in Europe

Ireland has the highest level of claimed sexual harassment in Europe - and is among the worst in the world.

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‘A great honour’ that Caitríona’s art is to feature on two stamps

The husband of Caitríona Lucas has said it is “a great honour” that one of her paintings has been featured on two new stamps issued in recognition ...

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Government to publish plans to tackle sexual harassment and violence at third level

Government plans to introduce standards in the third level sector to tackle sexual harassment and violence are due to be published in the coming weeks.

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Royal College of Surgeons researchers make progress with drug to fight against sepsis

Research into a new drug therapy to fight sepsis has shown that it has the potential to stop sepsis-causing bacteria from triggering organ damage in the early stages ...

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