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Monthly Update on Issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes - January 2019

Minister Receives First Report of the Collaborative Forum

14/01/2019 - In mid-December members of the Collaborative Forum met in Miesian Plaza to present Minister Katherine Zappone with the Forum’s first report.

The Forum was established to facilitate and empower persons who endured these institutions to contribute to decisions on matters of concern to them and their families. In this way the voices of survivors can be a significant input into the Government’s response to these hugely complex and sensitive matters.

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Monthly Update on Issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes - September 2018

14/09/2018 -The second meeting of the Collaborative Forum was held on Wednesday 12th of September in City Hall, Dublin.

The membership of the three sub-committees, as envisioned in the Charter for the Collaborative Forum, was agreed by Forum members

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Monthly Update on Issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes - November 2018

02/11/2018 - On 23rd October last, the Government approved Minister Zappone’s recommendation for the forensic excavation of the available site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway. The Government has agreed to implement the multi-disciplinary framework, known as Humanitarian Forensic Action, as the appropriate response to the discovery of children’s remains interred at this site. The actions which will now be taken are:

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Monthly Update on Issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes - October 2018

Boston Transitional Justice Conference

05/10/2018 - In November 2018 Boston College will be hosting the Towards Transitional Justice: Recognition, Truth-telling, and Institutional Abuse in Ireland conference.This conference will be attended by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone who has been invited to give the opening address of the conference.

The two day event will host a series of talks by academics, advocates, journalists and survivors speaking on a variety of topics from a transitional justice perspective.

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Monthly Update on Issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes - Aug 2018

The first meeting of the Collaborative Forum was held on Thursday 26th July in Government Buildings Minister Katherine Zappone was in attendance at this inaugural meeting and addressed the Forum’s 20 members, thanking them for their commitment and highlighting the value of the Forum as -

“A real opportunity for us to take one more step in putting our shameful past behind us — not forgetting it, or simply ‘moving on’, but acknowledging, knowing, recording, and building on it; using our past to help us to move forward”.

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For details on how to contact the Tuam Home Survivors Network please click here.