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March 2017 Archives

"The nuns forcibly separated us"

... http://www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/no-country-for-mothers-and-babies-reality-for-a-son-born-in-tuam"The nuns forcibly separated us" recalls former Tuam baby snatched from his motherwww.irishcentral.comThe son of a Magdalene laundries inmate, a man born at the Tuam mother and baby home talks about their shattering experiences and the shadows they cast...
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After 44 years "I am still seeking my mother"

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/dublin-mother-and-baby-home-survivor-s-struggle-to-find-his-birth-momAfter 44 years "I am still seeking my mother" says Mother and Baby home survivorwww.irishcentral.comWhile she was in labor "a priest would... tell her that this was her penance for having sex outside of marriage."...
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Christian Brothers to receive copies? What was it all about?

Glin DocumentsWho has the right to decide where these documents should go?What many local former residents, together with many who are now living abroad in Canada, the USA, the UK ,Middle and Far East have being asking us is "How...
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Response from Tom Wall - Glin Documents

Hi Tom.Just to clear the air,   I  have agreed to give the Christian Brothers copys of everything. so you and other survivers from glin industrial school can arange with the Christian Brothers  to view  the copys in there  arcives...
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Church 'must reply to victims'



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Glin Documents

From: Sent: 28 March 2017 08:48To: Tom HayesSubject: RE: Glin Documents  Dear Tom, I hope to speak with Tom Wall later today. Having spoken with Tom I would then be able to respond to your request. I would have to say...
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Ministers raised fears of Magdalene redress cost in 2011

46 Monday, March 27, 2017  By Conall Ó FáthartaIrish Examiner ReporterConcerns were expressed at Cabinet in 2011 that, if there was an inquiry into Magdalene laundries, it could lead to calls for inquiries into abuses in mother and baby homes,...
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Magdalene Laundries: Dodging liability is still the name of the game

20 Monday, March 27, 2017  By Conall Ó FáthartaIrish Examiner ReporterDespite the many pronouncements on the Magdalene Laundries, the State is hugely concerned at the payout it may have to make, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.A memorial plaque to victims of...
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Doubts over abuse redress payment



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Court rules victims of Brendan Smyth entitled to full hearing for damages

Updated  The three people were abused by Brendan Smyth between 1969 and 1988 The Supreme Court has ruled that three victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth are entitled to a full hearing of their claim for damages in the High Court.The...
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Government alarm at possible redress for mother and baby home victims

Report recommends extending compensation scheme for residential child abuse Fiach Kelly An altar at the babies burial ground in Tuam, Co Galway, seen from behind construction hoarding. Photograph: Barry CroninThe existing redress scheme for victims of residential child abuse...
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Your views expressed through the Alliance Support Group

Letters to the Editor The Alliance Support Group, representing many from the Glin Industrial School wish to comment on the article by Norma Prendiville dated 18th March 2017 in which Mr Niall Collins TD said that he was raising with...
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Christian Brothers drop threat of legal action against Limerick abuse survivor

Threat arose over the legal ownership of documents from the Industrial School in Glin Reporter: Norma Prendiville23 Mar 2017Email: normap@limerickleader.ie0 0Share Abusive survivor Tom Wall lodged the documents with UL two years ago THE Christian Brothers have dropped the threat...
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Mother and baby home truth probe set to be rejected

4 Tuesday, March 21, 2017  By Juno McEnroePolitical CorrespondentThe Government is set to oppose an opposition motion this week advocating a truth commission to investigate mother and baby homes.TDs will this evening debate Sinn Féin proposals for a truth commission,...
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New York nun's amazing story of adoption from Bessborough and reunification with mother

Home»Breaking News»ireland 27 Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 11:39 amA US-based nun has revealed how she was 'sold' by the Bessborough mother-and -baby home to an American family in an organised adoption in 1954 and how she was reunited with...
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Glin Documents

Limerick Today - "I was told to throw them all out on the lawn and start burning - these documents had all to be destroyed"16 March 2017 AddThis Sharing ButtonsJoe talks to Tom Wall, a former resident of Glin Industrial...
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Mother and baby homes 'destroyed lives' says CoI archbishop

Antagonism toward churches deepened by recent revelations, says Dr Michael Jackson about 5 hours ago Patsy McGarry CoI Archbishop Michael Jackson: 'As a society we stand in need of restoration.' Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times Revulsion towards church and...
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Glin Documents

LIMERICK TODAY - "I WAS TOLD TO THROW THEM ALL OUT ON THE LAWN AND START BURNING - THESE DOCUMENTS HAD ALL TO BE DESTROYED"16 March 2017Joe talks to Tom Wall, a former resident of Glin Industrial School, and Councillor...
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Bethany Home

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/bethany-home-survivor-group-claims-10049449Bethany Home survivor group claim more kids died at the homewww.irishmirror.ieMany Bethany Home children were farmed out to what the group describe as 'Horror Homes'...
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Marie Collins responds to Cardinal Muller's allegations about abuse commission

Exclusive: Marie Collins  |  Mar. 14, 2017 213Share PrintemailPDF Editor's note: Marie Collins of Ireland is a clergy sexual abuse survivor who resigned March 1 from Pope Francis' Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of...
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We must confront mother and baby home scandals, says Cork bishop

'Many people who are religious, find themselves in an emotional heap,' says Colton Barry Roche Shrine in Tuam, Co Galway. "The desire to be instruments of what is right is not the monopoly of one religion or, indeed, of religion...
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Marie Collins challenges cardinal over co-operation

1 Saturday, March 18, 2017 Stephen Rogers and Nicole Winfield Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins has challenged a claim by a senior Vatican figure that his office cooperated with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.Ms Collins resigned from...
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Glin Industrial school survivor says he won't hand over files despite legal threat from Christian Brothers

By Live95FM News Team16 March 2017 A survivor of Glin Industrial School fears that valuable records on children who were resident there will be destroyed if they are returned to the Christian Brothers. Tom Wall has been threatened with legal action...
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Poverty rates of lone parents show our historical disregard for children

VICTORIA WHITE: 0 Thursday, March 16, 2017The British state, in the UK and Ireland, had done little more than exterminate 'unwanted' babies, writes Victoria White.SINCE the news came about of the "significant" human remains in Tuam we've had 13 days of...
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State 'must protect industrial school's files'

0 Thursday, March 16, 2017 Jimmy Woulfe The Government has been asked to ensure documents, described as highly sensitive and relating to the treatment of boys at Glin Industrial School in Co Limerick, are not handed back to the Christian...
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I'm not feeling so proud to be Irish this St Patrick's Day

Watching the Tuam news unfold from Australia is shocking, but not surprising Irish TimesPhilip Lynch in Tasmania Schoolchildren paying their respects at a shrine in Tuam, Co Galway, erected in memory of up to 800 children who were allegedly...
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The life and times of Bishop Eamonn Casey

211Monday, March 13, 2017 - 05:18 pmFormer Irish Examiner Religious Affairs correspondent TP O'Mahony profiles the life of one of Ireland's most controversial religious figures.IRELAND awoke in May 1992 to shocking news - Eamonn Casey, the very popular Bishop of Galway, had...
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Religious orders rebuffed appeal for clerical abuse redress payout

26Tuesday, March 14, 2017 By Conall Ó FáthartaIrish Examiner ReporterA religious order that ran two Magdalene Laundries told the Government that its decision not to contribute any money to the redress scheme for survivors was based on the findings of the...
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Ireland is still defined by the church's mindset

Fintan O'Toole:  A vast system of Catholic repression has left Irish society with four toxic habits of mind about 7 hours ago Fintan O'Toole 'By the time I was 10, growing up on a 1960s Dublin housing estate, I knew...
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Homes survivors' group ceases co-operation with commission

Irish First Mothers group seeks clarity from State on whether testimony will be sealed Conor Lally The site of a mass grave for children who died in the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA A...
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Former Bishop of Galway Eamon Casey dies

Updated / Monday, 13 Mar 2017 20:22 Eamon Casey died in a nursing home in Co Clare The death has occurred of Bishop Eamon Casey, the former Bishop of Galway. His passing was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Irish...
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Women were just "ignorant creatures full of nothing but sin and misery"

TuamJean Farrell Inside a Magdelene Laundry. Irish women at the time were told to pray: "Tell him I am a poor ignorant creature, full of nothing but sin and misery."If you need to know how Tuam babies cases happened look...
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Mother and Baby Homes- Irish Times

Sir, - In the wake of the horrific discovery at Tuam, it is to be hoped that the pending visit of Pope Francis provides an opportunity for meaningful contrition on the part of the Catholic Church. If the proposed visit...
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'Possible interference' with birth certs at Tuam and Cork homes

 Paper for HSE says deaths recorded at Cork home saw big fall with adoption legislationabout 8 hours ago Lorna Siggins The site of the mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Photograph:...
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Response to Tuam

Irish Examiner 12/3/17Protestants need to face the facts also The Church of Ireland is at pains to point out that it did not 'own or run' the Bethany mother and baby home.  Its clergy sent unmarried mothers there, collected funds,...
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Archbishop calls for Tuam probe to be widened

Maeve Sheehan March 12 2017 3Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam. Photo: Frank Mc GrathThe Archbishop of Tuam has called for the probe into the scandal of mother and baby homes to be widened beyond religious orders. Archbishop Michael Neary also...
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Abuse compensation deal a get-out-of-jail-free card for church

Analysis: The State cannot force Catholic orders to pay more due to 2002 accord Sat, Mar 11, 2017, Pat Leahy St Joseph's Industrial School in Clifden, Co Galway. Photograph: Kellie GreeneThe agreement between the State and the country's religious orders...
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Neary calls for detailed examination of church and state over Tuam findings

Neary calls for detailed examination of church and state over Tuam findings 6 mins The Catholic Archbishop of Tuam has called for a detailed examination of the role of the Church and the State in the running of mother and...
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Fallen men never toiled in a laundr

Breda O'Brien:  Tuam scandal shows the vice most characteristic of any age is often dressed up as virtue Breda O'Brien The entrance to the site of a mass grave at the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway....
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Tuam and Bessborough: Houses of horror

<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-TJMCD4" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"></iframe> 104 Saturday, March 11, 2017  By Conall Ó FáthartaIrish Examiner ReporterThe Tuam mother and baby home should not be treated as an individual scandal, but as part of a national trafficking network that commodified...
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Spiritual National Day of Remembering

Solidarity & Offer of Help. (No subject) PM . Press the Enter key to open the contact card.">Pat Mangan <patmanganhealingearth@gmail.com> Reply | Today, 11:00 You... Hi all at Tuam Victim Support Group,                                                      I am a Multi-faith/ spiritual Pastoral Care Graduate...
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Bethany Home survivors are excluded from the compensation scheme

Protestant institutions are still absent from redress proceedings Background: Bethany Home survivors are excluded from the compensation scheme about 10 hours ago Hugh Linehan People lay flowers in support of the Bethany Survivors Group, at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, in...
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legal fees cost 15% of €970m awards

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abuse-redress-scheme-legal-fees-cost-15-of-970m-awards-1.3005890Abuse redress scheme legal fees cost 15% of €970m awardswww.irishtimes.comRelative costs higher in Irish institutional care cases than in other countries...
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Modern Irish scandals: the citizens who are still mistreated

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/modern-irish-scandals-the-citizens-who-are-still-mistreated-1.3005325Modern Irish scandals: the citizens who are still mistreatedwww.irishtimes.comThe conditions that created the Tuam mother and baby home scandal continue today in the form of unaccountable authorities, misplaced values and warped priorities...
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"The dead do not lie."

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/weeks-before-scope-of-mother-and-baby-homes-inquiry-is-known-444962.htmlWeeks before scope of mother and baby homes inquiry is knownwww.irishexaminer.comMinister for Children Katherine Zappone says she will know within weeks how a proposed broadening of the Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes will look, as she noted:...
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Only Father Flanagan of Boys Town shouted stop to child abuse in Ireland

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/only-father-flanagan-of-boys-town-shouted-stop-to-child-abuse-in-irelandOnly Father Flanagan of Boys Town shouted stop to child abuse in Irelandwww.irishcentral.comAs Ireland comes to terms with the horror of the "cruelty" and "neglect" that children suffered in Mother and Baby homes we recall a whistleblower from over 60...
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Is this the Real Ireland?

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/suffer-the-little-children-of-tuam-ireland-has-no-excuseSuffer the little children of Tuam - Ireland has no excusewww.irishcentral.com"If the Nazis did it we'd be outraged and talk of genocide would swirl. The Irish did it to themselves. We have no excuses."...
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Irish Public

ttp://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/irish-public-enraged-as-legislators-fail-to-show-up-to-tuam-babies-debateIrish public enraged as legislators fail to show up to Tuam babies debatewww.irishcentral.comThe death of nearly 800 children was not enough to get 20 Irish lawmakers to show up....
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Catholic religious organisations defend redress payments

Updated / Friday, 10 Mar 2017 10:12 The minister said he will continue to exert 'moral pressure' on the religious orders for more progress in meeting their commitments Owners of the largest Catholic institutions where children were abused while in State care have...
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Survivors of Ireland's mother and baby scandal deserve justice

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/09/survivors-ireland-mother-baby-scandal-justice-tuamSurvivors of Ireland's mother and baby scandal deserve justice | Tanya Goldwww.theguardian.comUntil the official inquiry into the thousands of lives ruined - at Tuam and elsewhere - widens in scope, people will never heal...
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UK child deportations of 50s: 'most catastrophic child abuse' in memory

UK child deportations of 50s: 'most catastrophic child abuse' in memory Investigator Margaret Humphreys tells UK inquiry that slavery, abuse, identity theft and lies, were human rights violations  Author and social worker Margaret Humphreys, who set up the Child Migrants...
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Christian Brothers 'withdrew' offer to give up land worth €127

Transfer pledge was made in 2009 following publication of Ryan reportabout 11 hours agoColm KeenaAn offer from the Christian Brothers to transfer land worth €127 million to the State as part of its contribution towards redress for people abused in institutions it...
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Christian Brothers

Christian Brothers 'withdrew' offer on €127m of landRedress scheme: Transfer pledge made in 2009 after Ryan reportRedress Scheme: What is it?Orders have 'moral responsibility'...
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Mother and baby homes: What is 'transitional justice'?

0 Friday, March 10, 2017  By Elaine LoughlinPolitical ReporterTransitional justice aims to address large-scale past human rights abuses though judicial and non-judicial measures.The Topography of Terrors museum in Berlin, Germany, which hosts many exhibitions to do with Nazi Germany. Picture:...
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Truth body to record homes abuses

Elaine Loughlin, Noel Baker, and Niall Murray The Government wants to establish a South African-style truth commission to publicly record the wide-scale abuse in mother and baby homes.It now looks certain that the scope of the commission will be widened...
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Pressure grows for Bessborough Mother and Baby Home excavations

By Elaine LoughlinPolitical ReporterThe Government has come under pressure to carry out excavations at the site of Bessborough Mother and Baby Home where hundreds of infants died.Calls have been made in the Dáil to carry out examinations at the Cork...
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Cost of redress scheme cost paid so far - C&AG report

Updated / Thursday, 9 Mar 2017 21:28 The State originally gave the religious congregations an indemnity in 2002, limiting their contribution The Catholic religious congregations who ran residential institutions where children were abused have paid just 13% of the costs...
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TV3 to broadcast shocking documentary into Ireland's Mother and Baby Scandal

... https://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/entertainment-news/233279/TV3-to-broadcast-shocking-documentary-into-Irelands--Mother-and-Baby-ScandalTV3 to broadcast shocking documentary into Ireland's Mother and Baby Scandalwww.tv3.ieTV3's 'A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal' will reveal the true scale of the scandal, which saw tens of thousands of women incarcerated against their will and...
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President pays tribute to work of historian in Tuam babies case

President pays tribute to work of historian in Tuam babies case Irish News 20:58 Higgins refers to 'dark shadows' in past towards women and 'illegitimate babies' Rush to moralise has run ahead of facts Kenny accused of insulting women...
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Tuam reminds of unmarried mothers being 'judged and rejected'

Bishops' Conference apologises for hurt by church and calls for marking of burial sites about 13 hours ago Mark Hilliard Home in Tuam run by the Bons Secours sisters: "We remember in prayer the deceased who suffered so much and...
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Archdiocese of Tuam failed these children

Home»Viewpoints 0 Thursday, March 09, 2017Prof James M SmithProf James M Smith says that the Church either knew what was happening in Tuam and did nothing or that its bishops never fulfilled their pastoral duty under Canon LawA guardian angel...
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President Higgins - Tuam babies

Tuam blows open locked doors of hidden Ireland - President Higgins50 MINSPresident Michael D Higgins has described the "horrifying" revelations of mass graves at the Tuam mother and baby home as another necessary step in "blowing open the locked doors of a...
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Bethany Home - Long Forgotton

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/group-finds-more-babies-who-died-at-protestant-bethany-home-1.3001476Group finds more babies who died at Protestant Bethany Homewww.irishtimes.com'The only difference between us and the children in Tuam is that we had the names'...
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"We gave them up to what we convinced ourselves was the nuns' care.

'We did not just hide away the dead bodies of tiny human beings, we dug deep and deeper still to bury our compassion, our mercy'55 Wednesday, March 08, 2017  By Juno McEnroePolitical CorrespondentInfants were taken from their mothers and sold,...
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TV3 Special Program - Wednesday 8th March 2017

A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal' will reveal the ... tells the story of Bethany Home in Dublin, run by the Church of Ireland.The shocking story of cruelty, abuse and neglect in mother and baby homes is laid bare in a documentary to be...
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Names of Children - Tuam Home.

The 796 children who died at Tuam home, 1925-1960 Updated / Tuesday, 7 Mar 2017 11:30 796 children are certified to have died at the Tuam mother-and-baby home....
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Leader of Bon Secours order is 'lying through her teeth', court told

Tim Healy March 7 2017 1Peter Mulryan. Photo: Ray RyanThe leader of the Bon Secours order in Ireland has been accused in court of "lying through her teeth". The claim was made as the High Court was urged to help a...
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Tuam mother and baby home-Irish Times Letters page

Tuam mother and baby home about 9 hours ago AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email AppShare to LinkedInShare to PinterestShare to RedditShare to Google+Share to WhatsApp       AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookShare to...
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Tuam

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/government-may-expand-mother-and-baby-homes-inquiry-1.3000351Government may expand mother and baby homes inquirywww.irishtimes.comMove comes after discovery of the remains of a 'significant' number of babies in Tuam...
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Tuam babies scandal: Terms must be widened for full probe

Tuam babies scandal: 1 Tuesday, March 07, 2017  By Conall Ó FáthartaIrish Examiner ReporterThere has been much comment on the need for the terms of reference for the Mother and Baby Homes Commission to be expanded.Bessborough, CorkSo, what exactly has the...
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Tuam babies scandal: Evidence may be inadmissible in criminal case

0 Tuesday, March 07, 2017  By Conall Ó FáthartaIrish Examiner ReporterConcern has been expressed that any evidence given to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission is not admissible in any future criminal proceedings.Under section 19 of the Commissions of Investigation...
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Bones find in Galway reignites calls for Northern Ireland mother and baby homes probe

By Adrian Rutherford March 4 2017 0 Comments Email &amp;lt;img src="//cdn-02.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article35500135.ece/45262/AUTOCROP/w620/2017-03-04_new_29143719_I1.JPG" alt="The site of a mass grave discovered at the Tuam home in 2014" title="The site of a mass grave discovered at the Tuam home in 2014" width="620" height="377" /&amp;gt;...
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Taoiseach claims Mother and Baby Home treated babies as 'sub-species' calling it 'truly appalling'

Monday, March 06, 2017 - 12:48 pmUpdate - 3.30pm: The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the discovery of a mass grave at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home as "truly appalling".Politicians on all sides of the political divide have condemned the...
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Archbishop of Tuam 'horrified' by discovery at mother and baby home

Updated / Sunday, 5 Mar 2017 22:49 Archbishop Michael Neary said the findings from the Commission of Investigation were a matter of huge public concern The Catholic Archbishop of Tuam said he is horrified by the confirmation that significant quantities...
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Magdalene survivors call for the excavation of 180 sites Q&A: The Tuam remainsTuam locals express upsetVatican ignores proposals...
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Tuam: No evidence of crime, nobody to prosecute

Monday, March 06, 2017Cormac O'Keeffe, Juno McEnroe, and Conall Ó Fátharta Identifying the remains of young children at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home would be technically very difficult and the prospect of establishing causes of death highly unlikely,...
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Tuam babies scandal is 'fake news', claims the Catholic League

Ian Begley March 6 2017 1The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bons Secours home for unmarried mothers is seen in Tuam, County Galway. Photo: REUTERSThe president of the Catholic...
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Garda involvement after human remains found at former mother and baby home site not ruled out

Garda involvement after human remains found at former mother and baby home site not ruled out - Coveney Updated / Sunday, 5 Mar 2017 15:01 The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation confirmed the discovery of human remains at...
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Tuam babies scandal will only get more 'shocking'

1K Saturday, March 04, 2017  By Conall Ó FáthartaIrish Examiner ReporterThe crucial point to note here is that despite all the hand-wringing by politicians, and the repeated utterances of that word "shocking" -- the State was well aware of issues...
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PRESS RELEASE

Minister Zappone makes statement on Excavations on site of former Mother and Baby Home Site, TuamFriday 3rd March, 2017 Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today commented on the finding of human remains on the site...
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Discovery of children's remains in former Tuam mother-and-baby home prompts call to investigate other sites

Latest: 1Friday, March 03, 2017 - 11:22 amUpdate  There have been calls for other mother-and-baby homes to be included in an inquiry following the grim discovery of a significant amount of human remains in Tuam, writes Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent.Sinn Féin TD...
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'Significant quantities' of human remains discovered at excavation site

Tuam babies: Kevin Doyle  March 3 2017 11:08 AM127  2Memorial: site of the mass grave in Tuam - there are many other burial grounds in Ireland. Photo: Niall Carson.SIGNIFICANT quantities of human remains have been discovered at a Galway site excavated by the...
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Residents of estate on Tuam baby home site meet council

Updated / Friday, 3 Mar 2017 13:22 'Significant quantities' of human remains were found at the site Residents from the housing estate constructed on the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam have been invited to a...
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Absence of politicians at Connell funeral raises questions

Cardinal's funeral amounted to 'small' affair for a former major figure in Irish lifeabout 18 hours agoPatsy McGarry26A woman pays respects to Cardinal Connell at his funeral in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email...
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Irish abuse survivor resigns from Vatican panel

Marie Collins said the lack of cooperation has been 'shameful'Abuse survivor Marie Collins has resigned from a panel established by Pope Francis to address clerical sexual abuse, accusing senior Vatican officials of "shameful" resistance to its work.Her departure is a blow to...
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