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Statement from the Tuam Home Survivors Network on the release of the Final Report of The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Related Matters

04/11/2020 - The Minister at DCYA Roderic O'Gorman received the Final Report of the Commission on Friday 30th October. This followed a week in which the Minister, his Department and his colleagues in Government demonstrated an alarming ignorance of the law with respect to the rights of survivors in accessing their own data. It took the voices of survivor support groups to instruct them in the law.

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Press Release - Tuam Home Survivors Response Regarding Press Release From D.C.Y.A. On Dr. Geoffrey Shannon's "Report on the Collection of Tuam Survivors' DNA"

11/09/2019 - We note the publication today of the Report commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs dealing with the creation of a DNA database from family members of children believed to be buried in waste/sewerage tanks at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

This is the second Report completed by Dr Geoffrey Shannon at the request of Minister Zappone and like the first, which dealt with the legality of the manner in which the dead bodies of the Tuam children were treated, it is scholarly, comprehensive and cogent.

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Press Release - Response to the Fifth Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes 18/04/2019

The following is the response of the Tuam Home Survivors Network to the 5th Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Related Matters.

It is not intended as an exhaustive response but is intended to draw attention to some of the matters set out in the Report.

Peter Mulryan
Chairman,
Tuam Home Survivors Network


It is impossible to say what was in the mind of the last Bon Secours nun who closed the doors of the Grove private hospital Tuam in 2001, but it was certainly the end of an era. The Bon Secours' role in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home may have ended when it was closed suddenly in 1961, but it was forty years later, that they left behind the evidence of perhaps the most monumental and ugliest crime in the history of the State. The Bon Secours had left the scene of the crime.

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Press Release - Tuam Home Survivors Response Regarding Fifth Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

18/04/2019 - The Tuam Home Survivors Network is today looking at the Fifth Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.
 
Having received the document this morning, we will produce a considered response as soon as possible.  An instant or knee-jerk reaction will do nothing to further public understanding of the issues it covers. 
Peter Mulryan

Chairperson

Statement on behalf of the Tuam Home Survivors Network 03/02/2019

To ensure there is no ambiguity on the position of the Tuam Home Survivors Network in relation to recent announcements by Katherine Zappone and the Government, kindly note the following:

The aims and policy of the Tuam Home Survivors Network are

  1. The exhumation of all human remains at the Tuam site.
  1. The creation of a DNA database of all survivors, family members of survivors, family members of those registered as dying in the Tuam home and family members of any persons known to be missing from the Tuam home so as to identify as many as possible of the human remains.
  1. That all aspects of the forensic exhumation of the Tuam mass grave be undertaken by the only legal authority both permitted and obliged to do so, the Coroners Service under the auspices of the Department of Justice.

It is beyond debate that the Minister continues to act ultra vires in this matter.  That is our clear position.

The fact that Coroner for North Galway has failed in his duty to convene an Inquest or that successive Attorneys General have failed in their duty to appoint another Coroner, or the fact that the Department of Justice has failed to fulfil its role, does not mean that their powers devolve on the Minister for Children by default.

It is difficult to see what if any role the Minister for Children has in this matter. Any suggestion that she has the power to control the process of bringing closure to the Tuam story is constitutionally and legally absurd and we do not in any way support it.

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