Children and Youth Affairs

Archive for the ‘Children and Youth Affairs’ Category

Children and Youth Affairs, Human Rights

Press Release:


“At this rate, our entire community will be reunited with headstones in graveyards”


A delegation of five members of the Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors (CMABS) held a hour and a quarter meeting with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at the Department of Children today. CMABS are extremely disappointed with the Ministers response to their reasonable requests for progress. It is clear that the change of Government earlier this year has reset the clock to zero in relation to our fight for truth and justice and survivors have to almost start from scratch in regards to practically everything. However the most prevalent word used by the Minister today was “NO!”.
Read More

Children and Youth Affairs, Dáil Debates, Human Rights, Oral Questions

Children and Youth Affairs, Dáil Issues

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Dr. Katherine Zappone)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 09/06/2016

To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the desirability of her Department assuming responsibility for young adults in the judicial system, responsibility which currently rests with the Department of Justice and Equality; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Read More

Children and Youth Affairs, Human Rights

Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors

Press release
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.
Read More