Mother and baby homes



Dr David Kenny: Time to admit the government's legal advice on adoption is wrong

Dr David Kenny, assistant professor of law at Trinity College Dublin, argues the government's legal advice on the rights of adopted children is flawed and a referendum on the matter is not needed.

Published 20 January 2021

Rights groups call for State to 'rectify wrongs' in mother and baby homes

Rights groups have called on the State to "rectify the wrongs done" to women and children following the publication of the long-awaited final report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation.

Published 13 January 2021

Lawyers and campaigners called for mother and baby homes inquiry

Lawyers and rights campaigners have called for the establishment of a public inquiry into mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland.

Published 13 January 2021

Leak from mother and baby homes inquiry 'has undermined confidence'

A leak from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission has undermined the confidence of victims and survivors in its work, lawyers have said.

Published 11 January 2021

Hogan Lovells welcomes commitment to publication of Mother and Baby Homes report

As part of its pro bono advisory work for the CLANN Project, a joint initiative with Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) and JFM Research, Hogan Lovells has welcomed the Irish Government’s announcement on access to information for those affected by historical abuses in the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. 

Published 30 October 2020

President Higgins signs Mother and Baby Homes Bill

President Michael D. Higgins has signed the Mother and Baby Homes Bill into law while highlighting that the concerns raised over it "are serious and must be addressed".

Published 27 October 2020

Mother and baby homes law to be re-examined

Children's Minister Roderic O’Gorman has committed to a "re-examination" of the controversial mother and baby homes legislation after saying it is “impossible to ignore” the thousands of letters that he has received on the issue.

Published 22 October 2020

Women lawyers challenge plans to seal mother and baby homes records

Government plans to seal records from the commission of investigation into mother and baby homes for 30 years are not "necessary and proportionate", the Irish Women Lawyers Association (IWLA) has said.

Published 21 October 2020

Bill to safeguard mother and baby homes records approved

Legislation intended to safeguard records from the commission of investigation into mother and baby homes has been approved by ministers.

Published 7 October 2020

Judith Gillespie appointed to chair working group on historical abuse

Former police officer Judith Gillespie has been appointed for a one-year term as the new independent chair on an inter-departmental working group on Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene laundries and historical clerical child abuse.

Published 8 July 2020

Deadline for submissions on Tuam excavation bill extended

The deadline for written submissions on the general scheme of the bill providing for the phased excavation of the mass child burial site at Tuam has been extended.

Published 8 January 2020

Legislation underpinning Tuam excavation plans to be published next year

Legislation to provide a legal basis for the phased excavation of the mass child burial site at Tuam will be published early next year, Children's Minister Dr Katherine Zappone has said.

Published 11 December 2019

Civil liberties group calls on Ireland to ratify UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called on the Government to ratify the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances (CED) in order to deliver justice for victims and survivors of mother and baby homes.

Published 30 August 2019