Statement from Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors
QUICK AND CHEAP METHOD OF “FULL INCLUSION” ALREADY EXISTS
RESULTS PRESENTED TO THE INQUIRY SEVERAL MONTHS AGO
The Government and particularly Minister Zappone are deliberately stalling with their so called “scoping exercise”. They were presented with a solution almost a year ago.
The Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors presented the Inquiry with a simple and easy method to include all survivors almost a YEAR AGO. Minister Zappone and the Department of Children have also been presented with our plan and it was made public long ago.
Briefly, CMABS have strongly recommended that the Inquiry should extend it’s use of the “sampling” method already in place as part of it’s Terms of Reference. If the Inquiry and Government agrees to ‘sample’ as little as 6 institutions and a situation, then all survivors would be included in the Inquiry. While this would not be entirely satisfactory, the priority at this time has to be including all living survivors while there is still time before our ageing community passes away. The survivor community have been pro actively presenting workable solutions for the Inquiry from before it even began.
The ‘sampling’ method would be highly cost effective and take a matter of two to three months as opposed to years. The three months required could be added at the end of the Inquiry or a small amount of extra resources allotted now means the Full Inclusion of all survivors by the finish of the Inquiry in February 2017.
It is vitally important to note that the Inquiry is already “half-investigating” many of the institutions involved as “Exit-pathways” from the Mother and Baby homes as part of it’s present remit. The work is already half completed and it would very little to complete the task.
CMABS further notes that as the largest representative group for survivors by far, we have applied to Taoiseach Enda Kenny for an immediate meeting and have as yet not even received an acknowledgement for our request. Fine speeches in the Dail are hollow without concrete action to back up those words.
Theresa Hiney Tinggal, Chair of Adopted Illegally Ireland said:
“We are the victims of illegal adoption, child trafficking and serious crimes, and yet we are being denied the fundamental human and civil right of “Legal Remedy”. We have the absolute right to be included in this Inquiry, it’s our last chance as a minority survivor group who have been arbitrarily excluded”.
Derek Leinster, Chair of the Bethany home Survivors group ’98 said:
“The Taoiseach and Government can finally resolve the Bethany case after 23 years of lobbying and generations of discrimination against the minority Protestant survivors. Give the Bethany survivors and Apology and Redress immediately and let our nightmare be finally over”.
Clodagh Malone of Beyond Adoption Ireland said:
“We are the survivors of history but live in a modern Ireland that needs to acknowledge our endless pain and immediately resolve our just grievances. We are not ‘historical, we are living and suffering.”
Paul Redmond, Chair of CMABS said:
“We’re already well done the road of completing the necessary work to include all survivors, now is the time to finally finish the task and ensure that this Inquiry is the last of the Institutional Inquiries dealing with Ireland’s tortured past”.
“We urgently need a face to face meeting between living survivors and the Taoiseach to make the urgent progress needed before any more of our ageing community passes away. We are dying as a community: dying for the truth, dying for Justice…”