SURVIVORS FURIOUS AT INQUIRY ONE YEAR DELAY

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Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors


SURVIVORS DEMAND IMMEDIATE ACTION BY TAOISEACH

Survivors of Ireland’s notorious Mother and Baby homes and related institutions expressed their OUTRAGE fury at the one year delay to the final report of the Mother and Baby home inquiry headed by Judge Murphy. The survivor community is elderly and dying and many hundreds have already died since the Tuam 800 story broke in May 2014 and the Government announced an inquiry.

CMABS demanded in 2014 that the Government needed to form an “inquiry of modules” where each individual Mother and Baby home was examined in relation to the aging survivors, as a matter of urgency and furthermore that an immediate Acknowledge, Apology and Redress was offered to the different groups of elderly survivors after each module.

CMABS again demands that the Government and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar immediately offer: an Acknowledgment of the horror of the Mother and Baby homes, an official Apology to the survivor community and, an interim Redress payment to the elderly and dying survivor community before any more of us die.

Paul Redmond (Chairperson of CMABS) said:

“This is yet another delaying tactic by the Government to deny survivors truth and justice. The current inquiry is already too limited and excludes many survivors and this delay will now enure that thousands more survivors are denied justice by death.”

Clodagh Malone of Beyond Adoption Ireland said:

“This is utterly shameful. Our community are heartbroken and devastated. Tears are flowing.”

Derek Leinster of the Bethany Home Survivors group ’98 said:

“Living survivors must always take priority over inquiries and reports. We need an immediate and final result for the handful of elderly Bethany survivors who are left alive. There are 227 names on the Bethany Memorial in Mount Jerome cemetery and this Government have now added more names of victims to that Memorial  by this disgusting delaying tactic.

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Notes to Editors and Journalists:

The Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors (CMABS) join in equal partnership with;

The Adoption Coalition Worldwide and Survivors And Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA)

CMABS is an umbrella group that came together in late 2013. It is by far the largest representative group of survivors. Their motto is: “No one gets left behind”. This collective of groups is by far the largest collective of representative groups ever to join together for our common cause.

For further information and comments, please contact:

Paul Redmond (Adoption Rights Now and Castlepollard M&B home group) 085 707 5947

Derek Leinster (Bethany Home survivors) 00 44 1788 817 311
Clodagh Malone (Beyond Adoption Ireland) 087 714 4816