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Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors
Survivors urge ‘Sampling’ to Inquiry to include all Survivors
with minimal outlay in time and money
Tomorrow the umbrella group CMABS will hold a dignified protest at the Dail on Wednesday the 6th of April from 2.00pm to 3.30 to highlight the aging profile of an elderly community of survivors of Ireland’s notorious Mother and Baby homes and the lack of concrete action by the Government.
Survivors are also protesting the ongoing exclusion of some survivors of forced adoption from the present Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby homes by virtue of being born outside of a Mother and Baby home and have already suggested ‘Sampling’ to the Commission of Inquiry as a simple, extremely cost effective method of including all Survivors by just including a Sample of other institutions exactly as the Inquiry are already handling the inclusion of all the County Homes – by only “sampling” a couple of them. As little as four to eight similar ‘Samples’ of various institutions, representing all institutions, as well as a small number of personal testimonies regarding Home Births would be all that is required to include ALL Survivors at a minimal cost both in terms of time and money.
Clare asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if he has plans to ensure that affordable childcare is available to all families. With the average cost of a childcare place costing €1,000 a month for one child, the lack of State action on this area is putting huge strain on families. Unfortunately, going by his response, Fine Gael and Labour won’t be introducing truly affordable childcare for families any time soon.
Minister Reilly tackles the outstanding issues in relation to the new Adoption Information and Tracing Bill, in terms of concerns over the one year lead in time and pledges to actively consider how best this could be shortened… Meanwhile the importance of the Childcare Reporting Project has been revealed this week with the publication of its last report revealing important trends in Family Court hearings. This is a vital service which should be extended…
To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in view of the publication of the Child Care Law Reporting Project his views on the need to extend this worthwhile project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Clare Daly T.D.
— Minister Reilly goes the distance —
— Illegally and informally adopted fully included —
— 200 page Bill finally address’s all adoption issues —
Adoption rights and survivors groups have warmly welcomed the new Adoption Bill after a detailed briefing from Minister James Reilly. All the issues that have previously caused problems appear to have been comprehensively addressed.
The survivor community are delighted that illegally and informally adopted people — often the victims of serious crimes — have finally been given equal status with legally adopted people in terms of tracing and searching as this was a red line matter for the community. Minister Reilly clearly spelled out the comprehensive sea change in attitude in Government circles that has brought Ireland into line with best international practice and while comparisons with other countries are often misleading, Ireland has caught up with, and even passed many countries today. The Government will not just release birth certs but information from adoption files and even basic medical information and history. The clear thrust of the legislation is towards openness and a new beginning.
The only issue raised where there was dissent was the one year lead-in to enacting the legislation after it’s passed but when Paul Redmond pointed out to the Minister that the groups were representing an aging community, the Minister declared that nothing was fully decided as yet and there would be opportunities to fully tease out the problem during the pre legislative consultation process chaired by Jerry Buttimer. CMABS will continue to work in good faith with Minister Reilly.
Paul Redmond, chairperson of CMABS said;
“It’s a breakthrough day at last and adoption secrecy has finally been rejected in favour of full adoption equality. We’ve been waiting generations for this day of equality. This is a great victory for all the campaigning groups and a new era has dawned in Ireland for openness and cooperation between the Government and the survivor community. It’s also important on this day to remember and acknowledge all those who have passed away without seeing this day. Generations of single mothers and their children were stigmatised and ostracised in the past and we must never forget their pain and suffering. Their loss must become part of our shared history as a nation and no history of Ireland will ever again be complete without a chapter on the appalling and discriminatory treatment of 100,000 single mothers, and 100,000 sons and daughters, many of whom died in horrific circumstances in hellhole Mother and Baby homes. We will continue to work constructively with Minister Reilly and his staff and the Minister has earned enormous goodwill from the survivor community for his genuine and goodhearted efforts since he assumed office. While we have often feared the worst, James Reilly has in most cases surpassed our expectations.”