Commission refusing to clarify questions over death registers for Bessborough Mother and Baby Home

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission have refused to clarify a claim it has made about the existence of two death registers for the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home.

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Bethany Home survivors disappointed over Government's refusal to extend 'fast track’ redress scheme

Survivors of the Bethany Home have expressed their disappointment at the Government's unwillingness to commit a ‘fast track’ redress scheme for ageing survivors of the institution.

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Zappone declines to give deadline for publication of report into illegal birth registrations

The report will be based on the results of a scoping exercise announced in May last year following the discovery by Tusla of 126 cases in which births were illegally registered between 1946 and 1969 in the records of St Patrick’s Guild.

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Mother and Baby Homes Commission called on to release details of buried children

Bethany Home survivors have called on the Mother and Baby Homes Commission to release the details of additional burials it has found in relation to children who died in the care of the institution.

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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 claiming it is legally prohibited from doing so.

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Mother and Baby Commission: Transparency is the best policy

As is often the case in matters as sensitive as those facing the Mother and Baby Homes Commission conflicts of interest arise.

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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 offered to survivors of Mother and Baby Homes.

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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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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 will be published "in the coming weeks".

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Woman, 81, meets 103-year-old mother for first time

Eileen Macken grew up in the Bethany Home orphanage in Dublin and has spent most of her life looking for her birth mother.

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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 and "undermine its integrity".

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Revictimisation and our sad links with Mexico

In Ireland, as well as in Mexico in recent years, people were disappeared. The difference is that here, the disappeared were children, writes

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The truth of the Mother and Baby Homes lies buried with the bodies

When I read that skeletal remains, indicating an infant “on its left side”, lie in a structure that was probably designed for sewage, in the former grounds of the Mother and Baby home in Tuam, I feel sick.

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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 offering to amend the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill.

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In the North, they abandon peace; in the South, we abandon babies

Public policy yesterday, public policy today. The more things change, the more they sometimes stay the same.

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Survivor: Gardaí should question nuns

Nuns who ran the Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork should be questioned under caution by gardaí, a woman who gave birth to an infant there nearly 50 years ago has said.

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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 adoptions.

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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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Troubling questions raised by the dead from Mother and Baby Homes

With the publication this week of the fifth interim report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, the disturbing spectre of the dead who were confined in those institutions of shame and segregation continues to haunt us.

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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 inquests for every child.

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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: Where are all the babies buried?

THE burial locations of thousands of babies born in mother and baby homes remain unknown after investigators hit unexplained gaps in official records and claims by religious orders that they did not know what went on.

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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 over 800 children who died in their care are buried.

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Mother and baby homes: Report is a study in amnesia

There is much talk now of the moral compass, which is simply a novel description of whatever it is in our hearts and minds that enables us to distinguish right from wrong, and act accordingly.

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Mother and Baby Homes: What today's interim Commission of Investigation report told us

The investigation into the mother and baby homes was expected to be a journey into history and past practices long since laid to rest.

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Mother and Baby Homes: We must endeavour to learn and atone, says Varadkar

The Taoiseach says society needs to atone for the treatment of mothers and babies kept in institutions.

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Mother and Baby Homes: Children's bodies sent to Galway medical college but no record of names

The bodies of some of the children who died in Mother and Baby Homes were used for anatomical studies.

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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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More than 950 children’s remains sent for medical research to UCD, Trinity and Royal College of Surgeons, report finds

A State Commission has found that the bodies of hundreds of children from one Dublin mother and baby institution were used in anatomical research up to the late 1970s.

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Focus of Mother and Baby Homes investigation has moved onto headline-generating institutions

Four years after the establishment of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission, the focus of its investigation has clearly moved away from Tuam and onto other headline-generating institutions like Bessborough and Sean Ross Abbey, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

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Mother and Baby Home report: Only one child out of 900 who died in Bessborough is buried there

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said the State Commission has found no physical or documentary evidence of systematic burials at Bessborough, but considers that it is highly likely that burials took place there.

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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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Govt to publish report on Mother and Baby Homes

The fifth interim report on Mother and Baby Homes is expected to focus on burial arrangements for the women and children who died in the institutions.

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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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Minister announces new health packages for former residents of Mother and Baby Homes

Minister announces new health packages for former residents of Mother and Baby Homes

A new package of health measures has been announced for former residents of Mother and Baby Homes.

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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 Magdalene Laundry post-1980.

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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 have been briefed.

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Darkest parts of Ireland’s history captured in exhibition

The woollen red cardigan that Connie Robert wore as a child of four before the

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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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Zappone: New report will inform legislation for excavation at Tuam site

A report focusing on the burial arrangements of those who died in Mother and Baby Homes has been submitted to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

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‘Urgent need’ for probe of forced adoption

UN rapporteur: Mother and baby homes probe ‘not broad enough’

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Works underway on historical structure at Bessborough

Maintenance work is being carried out on a historic structure which backs onto a burial plot on the grounds of the former Bessborough Mother and Baby Home.

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Test excavation begins at former Mother and Baby home in Co Tipperary

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission confirmed that the excavation work began on Monday and is expected to last three weeks.

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DNA plan call for all institution survivors

The Government has been asked to “widen its horizons” and offer DNA sampling to all former residents of mother and baby homes and related institutions.

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'Initial testing' of burial plot at Bessborough Mother and Baby Home carried out

A nuns' burial plot at the grounds of the former Bessborough Mother and Baby Home has been "examined" but no geophysical survey has yet taken place at the site.

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Report on legality of extracting DNA from mother and baby home survivors due in 8 weeks

A report examining if it is possible to start taking DNA samples from survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home will be completed within eight weeks.

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Commission to examine legality of collecting DNA from Tuam Mother and Baby Home survivors

Experts are looking at whether there is any legal block to gathering DNA from survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

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TDs raise questions over costs associated with Mother and Baby Homes probe

Questions have been raised by TDs on the costs associated with the continuing Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

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NUI Galway to compile personal histories of Tuam Mother and Baby Home survivors

The personal histories and experiences of survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home are to be gathered by researchers at NUI Galway.

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Commission should not 'hide away' findings of report into Mother and Baby Homes, says Catherine Corless

Historian Catherine Corless is calling on the commission set up to investigate Mother and Baby Homes to publish its report when it is completed.

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No surveys planned at former Mother and Baby Home in Cork

There are "no plans at present" to undertake a geophysical survey at the site of the former Bessborough Mother and Baby Home - although investigators have visited the site.

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Tuam group want Gov to take survivors' DNA samples to 'bank' them for analysis

Members of the Tuam Home Survivors Group have lost faith “in the process” after the Government recently granted a one-year extension to the commission, which had been due to report next month.

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Possible further probe at children’s burial ground at Sean Ross Abbey

Further investigations may be carried out into the children’s burial ground at Sean Ross Abbey, depending on the results of the geophysical survey of the site.

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Psychological thriller Cellar Door partly inspired by story of Tuam babies

JUST as last year’s Black 47 took a dark period in our history — the Famine — and based a revenge thriller around it, Cellar Door turns to Ireland’s troubled past to form its story, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Mother and Baby Homes Commission to begin a geophysical survey in Tipperary

The Commission has advised the Minister for Children, that it plans to conduct the survey on the burial grounds of the Sean Ross Abbey institution.

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Geophysical survey to start at Sean Ross Abbey Mother and Baby Home's ​burial grounds

The survey is expected to last a number of days. It is understood that the survey is being carried out on foot of information received by the Commission from a member of the public.

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Govt could have refused request for extra time for Mother and Baby Commission

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said that the Government could have refused a request from the Commission investigating Mother and Baby homes to extend its deadline to deliver its final report.

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Mother and Baby Homes Commission to start ​​geophysical survey of Sean Ross Abbey home's ​burial grounds

Children's ​Minister ​Katherine Zappone ​confirmed the plans after the Cabinet granted a one-year extension to the Commission to publish its final report - which will now be due in February 2020.

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Mother and baby home report delay 'a kick in the teeth'

The chairperson of the Coalition of Mother & Baby Home Survivors, Paul Redmond is calling on the Government to apologise to survivors and immediately set up a redress scheme.

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