Government urged to provide additional support for mother and baby home survivors

Clay Curtis
January 12, 2021

It is expected to show 9,000 children died in the institutions - around 1 in 7 of the babies born there.

The last of Ireland's mother-and-baby homes did not shut down until the late 1990s.

The survivors and supporters will be joined by the Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman through a webinar meeting, as Covid 19 restrictions prevent an actual meeting and after that they will get access online to the extensive report. "I think we've been through enough".

Before that, Minister O'Gorman will seek approval from Cabinet for the publication of the Report.

She said: "An apology and redress is so important..."

"Whether the particular home they were in is covered by the Commission of Investigation or not, survivors need to know there are mental health supports available to them".

"It's just time to put this misogyny that went on within modern history to bed now, and let us get on with our lives".

The homes became an global news story in 2014 after significant human remains were found in the grounds of a former home in Tuam, County Galway.

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In the midst of my own devastating grief, it cut me to the quick to think how Anthony and Mary might be feeling; everything they had known and loved, their mothers, their names, their friends, their culture, were gone, taken like them, never to be mentioned again.

Her mother died 11 years ago, and therefore won't hear the State apology.

Colleen said she always dreamed of coming back to Ireland - which she did a number of years ago - but she has family who "don't want anything to do with" her since she has told her story publicly.

"We did this to ourselves as a society - we treated women exceptionally badly; we treated children extremely badly", he said on Tuesday.

"I would have liked for her to be alive and hear some acknowledgement."

The main goals of the project are to empower the mothers and children so cruelly separated, to discover the truth about what happened to them and to hold to account the Irish State and other agents, who brought about this cruellest of separations. I emerged aged 18, knowing nothing of the world, of life, of men, of sex so when I met Anthony's father John and I experienced fun for the first time, Anthony was conceived but I was unaware of what was happening. He was a attractive boy and very, very bright and I knew he would succeed at whatever he did.

"For the most part I've been doing pretty good".

Catherine Corless, the historian who helped uncover details about a mass grave at the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, welcomed Martin's state apology but said it must be backed up by action.

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