The London Irish Centre is helping the Irish Womens’ Survivors Support Network reach out to those who may wish to be made aware of the Mother and Baby Homes Investigation
Were you resident in a Mother-and-Baby Home in Ireland (either as a mother or a child)? Or do you know someone who was?
About the Mother-and-Baby Homes Investigation:
In June 2014, a mass grave in a concrete tank was found at convent-run Mother-and-Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway. The discovery of the remains of 800 children sparked shock and concern about the high number of deaths at this particular home, especially as not all of the deaths had been properly recorded.
After these findings, Survivors, Survivor groups and human rights organisations lobbied the Irish government to investigate the conditions and practices at Mother-and-Baby Homes.
The government agreed to an investigation and that would not just look at the home in Tuam, because over the last century, Ireland had Mother-and-Baby Homes right across the whole country.
The Tuam home was one of 10 institutions of which about 35,000 unmarried pregnant women are thought to have been sent.
The Commission are especially keen to hear from anyone who was resident in, worked in, lived nearby or had connections with these homes.
If you have information you’d like to share, you can either travel to Dublin where all of your travel and accommodation expenses will be covered, or you can speak to the Confidential Committee in March 2016 when they will be taking evidence in the UK.
The IWSSN is working with the Commission to promote the Investigation in the UK, and can provide support with giving evidence.
To find out more, please contact IWSSN on: 0207 267 9997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can contact the Commission directly, by calling: 00 353 1 6445088.
If you are affected by this issue and wish to speak to someone in confidence, IWSSN can make referrals to a free counselling service that they work in partnership with.