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Leaked report reveals 9,000 babies died in 18 Mother and Baby Homes investigated across Ireland

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Shamrock Leaked report reveals 9,000 babies died in 18 Mother and Baby Homes investigated across Ireland

Post by Kitkat Mon Jan 11 2021, 11:12

An official government report is set to reveal 9,000 children died across just 18 Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland.


Jack Beresford - Irish Post

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin will issue a formal state apology to all mother and baby home survivors in the Dáil next week following the official publication of the report. 
However, the Irish Independent has today published some of the report’s most disquieting findings ahead of its official publication on Tuesday.

The report is due to reveal that an estimated 9,000 children died in the 18 institutions investigated. That figure represents one in seven or 15% of all children born in homes studied.

These deaths took place across 14 Mother and Baby Homes and four sample State-operated County Homes.

Since the foundation of the State in 1922 up until the closure of the last of these homes in 1998, the commission report found 56,000 mothers passed through these homes and 57,000 children were born within these institutions.

The estimates published in the Commission’s report are based on the evidence indicating that the infant mortality rate in mother and baby homes was twice as high as the one recorded in Ireland’s general population.

According to the Irish Independent, the Taoiseach has read the report and is said to have found it shocking and, at times, difficult to read.

He reportedly described the experiences of those mothers and babies who resided in these homes as "extraordinarily sad and cruel."

Martin is due to make his state apology on Wednesday when the  Dáil reconvenes for the first time since the Christmas recess.

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Catherine Corless, whose research led to the discovery (Image: RollingNews.ie)

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.  

"All the words in the world won't matter unless there is action behind them," she told RTÉ.

She also reiterated her belief that survivors should receive a formal apology by the Catholic Church and the religious orders that operated several of the homes around Ireland.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman is also set to address mother and baby home survivors prior to the official publication of the report on Tuesday.

Counselling services are to be made available to all mother and baby home survivors once the report is released.

O’Gorman has, however, been left “deeply angered” after these key details from the report were leaked to a newspaper.

"I am deeply angered to see sensitive details of the Commission Report leaked in a newspaper this morning," he tweeted.

"It is completely unacceptable that the people affected by the Report have found out elements of the Report in this way."

The government minister felt the survivors from these homes should have been the first to hear the investigation's findings.
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Shamrock Re: Leaked report reveals 9,000 babies died in 18 Mother and Baby Homes investigated across Ireland

Post by Kitkat Mon Jan 11 2021, 13:57

Government 'may force religious organisations' to pay compensation to Mother and Baby Home victims

The victims of Ireland's Mother and Baby Homes may receive compensation for the abuse they suffered behind closed doors.
From the mid-to-late 20th century, unwed mothers in Ireland were sent to special, Catholic-run 'Mother and Baby Homes', where some remained for the rest of their lives.
While the cruel, unjust nature of these homes has been known and acknowledged for some time, a new report leaked to the media yesterday revealed some of the most harrowing statistics to date.
The report, seen by The Irish Independent, is due to reveal that an estimated 9,000 children died in the just 18 institutions investigated. That figure represents one in seven or 15% of all children born in homes studied. 
These deaths took place across 14 Mother and Baby Homes and four sample State-operated County Homes. 
Since the foundation of the State in 1922 up until the closure of the last of these homes in 1998, the commission report found 56,000 mothers passed through these homes and 57,000 children were born within these institutions.


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The site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co. Galway (Image: RollingNews.ie)

Women in the institutions were subject to physical and mental abuse, and were told that the pain of childbirth was the result of their sin of having sex outside of marriage.
Now a Cabinet source has told The Irish Mirror  that the victims of these institutions may be paid compensation, but as none of the homes were owned or run by the State, the Government may force religious organisations to pay the money.
The source told the outlet: "While none of these homes were run by the state we haven’t ruled out paying compensation and then forcing the religious orders involved to give us the money.
"There will be intense conversations on this issue in the coming weeks and months with all the parties involved."
The Taoiseach Micheál Martin is set to make a State Apology on Wednesday, after the report is officially published and the Dáil reconvenes after the Christmas recess.
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.  
"All the words in the world won't matter unless there is action behind them," she told RTÉ
She also reiterated her belief that survivors should receive a formal apology by the Catholic Church and the religious orders that operated several of the homes around Ireland.
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Shamrock Re: Leaked report reveals 9,000 babies died in 18 Mother and Baby Homes investigated across Ireland

Post by Kitkat Mon Jan 11 2021, 14:06

Support available for survivors in Britain as mother and baby home report released

Organisations offering support to survivors of Ireland’s mother and baby homes living in Britain have been highlighted this week as a long-awaited report on those institutions is released.
The raft of services available to help those who may face a “difficult time” following the publication of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes have been outlined by the Irish in Britain (IIB) charity.
Representing more than 100 Irish organisations across Britain, IIB is concerned that the details of the report may cause distress to survivors – particularly those who contributed to the investigation, claiming: “This will be a difficult time for many survivors, in Ireland and across the diaspora.”
“The publication of this report will be an important milestone for the many thousands of former residents, their families and advocates, in particular those who directly contributed to the Commission’s work by sharing their deeply personal and lived experiences,” IIB adds.
The Commission was established by the Irish government in 2015 to provide a full account of what happened to women and children in mother and baby home institutions from 1922 to 1998, when the last of them was finally closed.

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Brian Dalton, CEO Irish in Britain

Some of the report’s findings were leaked over the weekend by the Sunday Independent , ahead of its official publication on Tuesday, January 12.
Among them is confirmation that some 9,000 children died in 18 mother and baby homes located across Ireland in that 76-year period.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman is also set to address mother and baby home survivors this week.
He has previously confirmed that counselling services will be made available to all survivors following publication of the report.

For survivors now based in Britain the range of services available to provide support could play an important role over the coming days.
IIB CEO Brian Dalton told The Irish Post: “We recognise that the impact of the report will profoundly affect many people living here in Britain.
“We know there is a large number of survivors within Britain and we want to highlight the support services within the Irish community network available to those who may need support and advice.”
He added: “Irish in Britain will continue to advocate for equivalence and parity for British-based Irish survivors of historical institutional abuse in Ireland and thank our member organisations who work to improve the lives and experiences of our citizens.”

Organisations that can offer support to survivors in Britain include:
icap, 0207 272 7906
The London Irish Centre  0207 916 2222
Irish Community Services 0208 854 4466
Leeds Irish Health and Homes 0113 262 5614

The Irish in Britain website also has a dedicated section with information, phone numbers and links to support for survivors across Britain, which you can find here .




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Shamrock Taoiseach to address survivors directly over mother and baby home report

Post by Kitkat Wed Jan 13 2021, 11:55

Survivors of brutal mother and baby homes will meet with the government on Tuesday to the discuss the report's harrowing findings.

The issue will be put to Cabinet by Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman on Tuesday.

Following this, he and Taoiseach Micheál Martin will take part in an online briefing with survivors to discuss the report's contents and what measures will be taken to address their concerns.

The report estimates that approximately 9,000 children - across 18 institutions - died between 1922 and 1998 when they were eventually closed.

Government sources confirm the estimate is based on the disparity between the infant mortality of children born in homes compared to that of the general population at the time.

The report is the culmination of six years of investigative work compiled by Judge Yvonne Murphy and is due to be published following Tuesday afternoon's conference.

A public apology to survivors and their families will be made by Mr Martin in the Dáil on Wednesday, though campaigners and Opposition TDs have requested it be postponed, giving the victims more time to digest the report's findings.

Overseen by nuns, the homes were common destinations for unmarried women to give birth; their babies were then typically given up for adoption in return for donations.

The report documents the mistreatment of women and children in 14 homes, as well four county homes, spanning seven decades from the 1920s to 1990s.

The Government is considering the possibility of a redress scheme to compensate the homes erstwhile residents, as recommended by Mr O'Gorman.

The issue is reportedly dividing officials, however, as the governments culpability for the abuse that occurred in the homes is disputed. This disagreement has contributed toward the delay in the report's publication, sources say.

Controversy has also arisen over parts of the report appearing in the media over the weekend - something officials have promised to investigate.

Counselling and other health services will be offered to survivors, while the government has also committed to pass legislation helping those who were adopted to find their biological parents, should they wish to do so.

The report is the latest in a sequence of scandals embroiling the Catholic Church and its chequered legacy within the country.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar characterised the homes as a societal "failure" and a source of "shame", going on to tell RTÉ’s Claire Byrne that it was a "essentially a stolen generation of children who didn't get the upbringing they should have had."
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Shamrock CNN host questions Taoiseach Micheal Martin’s response to mother and baby homes scandal

Post by Kitkat Sun Jan 24 2021, 14:47

CNN HOST Christiane Amanpour has quizzed Micheál Martin over his response to the recently published Mother and Baby Homes report.

The 2,800-page report identified an "appalling level of infant mortality" at the homes with as many as 9,000 babies dying across the 18 institutions investigated.

First established in the 19th century, they housed women and girls who became pregnant outside of marriage.

Some of the institutions investigated were operated by the Catholic Church.

In the wake of the report, the Taoiseach issued a State apology to the victims of the Mother and Baby Homes system.

Martin condemned "how this country responded to the particular needs of single women and their children at a time when they most needed support and protection."

The response drew criticism in some quarters including from the veteran CNN anchor.

While much of the interview was spent discussing Ireland’s response to Covid-19 and the installment of Joe Biden as US President, Amanpour appeared eager to grill Martin on the report.

Displaying the famous front page of the Irish Examiner the day after the report’s release, which featured the names of just some of the children who died in those mother and baby homes, the British-Iranian journalist took Martin to task on the issue.

On the subject of the report, Amanpour revisited many of the damning findings including the alarming death toll and the fact many of the homes were state-funded and remained open until 1998.

Tweet  Christiane Amanpour:

The wounds of Ireland's past were reopened when a shocking report outlined abuses in Mother and Baby homes that were run by the Church. PM @MichealMartinTD  has issued an apology and tells me the report reflected "a perverse moral code and perverse attitude toward sexuality."

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“You did issue a formal apology,” she began.

“You described it as a ‘shameful chapter’ but there are many people who don't believe you went far enough, and made it sort of a whole-of-society issue, rather than the Church. Just tell me where you stand on this?”

Martin responded: “This was a shameful chapter in Ireland's history, and the Church bears a very heavy responsibility – as does the State."  

“The state did not protect its citizens. It did not protect the mothers and it did not protect the children who were born in these homes. The very fact that women were stigmatised in such a way was appalling and shocking and had its roots in what I would call a perverse moral code, a perverse attitude to sexuality that is impossible to comprehend and did enormous damage to people"

“Actions speak louder than words,” he continued.  

“We have to now do everything we possibly can in present day society to make amends and to make sure that the mothers and children involved have full access to information.”

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