Children and Youth Affairs

Press Release:

The Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors (CMABS) welcomes the package of support measures announced today by Minister Zappone. However, CMABS notes that this package is almost identical to the proposals put forward to Minister James Reilly in the aftermath of the Tuam 800 story breaking almost 5 years ago. CMABS proposals were in turn based on the package given to Magdalene survivors in 2013. Thousands of survivors have passed away in the last five years since Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced there would be urgent action for survivors. CMABS also notes that Minister Zappone is still restricting the package to survivors born in, and/or resident in, Mother and Baby homes but, those who were illegally adopted or victims of forced adoption outside of the M&B home, are still excluded. This cynical restriction is cutting an elderly and dying community in half and many survivors will despair at being left behind by Minister Zappone. The Minister is inflicting ‘survivor guilt’ on an elderly community to her eternal shame.
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