07/07/2018 - The following press release was published on the website of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Please click here for the response from the Tuam Home Survivors Network.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has today (06/07/2018) published the report of the public consultation process on the options and appropriate courses of action available to Government in relation to the site of the former Mother and Baby Home at Tuam, Co. Galway.
22/06/2018 - This sculpture by Martine Sterck from Belgium comprises of 796 babies made by 796 Flemish mothers.
What led to this beautiful tribute to the Tuam Babies is told by Martine as follows:
‘I found an article in a local newspaper about the missing babies. I was speechless... From that moment on I knew that I wanted to do something for those babies and children, so they will never be forgotten. Because I’m a student at the artacademy in Dendermonde (it’s a city in Belgium and my hometown), I wanted it to be my year-project. I made 796 little balls of (60gr) clay and then I asked 796 mothers if the wanted to make a little baby.
Of course I didn’t just ask them, I’ve told the story of The Tuam Babies even more than a thousand times I think. I just wanted them to realise how important this was for me and for the children. Thanks to all of those mothers and actually everyone with a child wish, this piece was made. It was made with so much love! It fills my heart that so many people helped me create this.’
Thank you to Martine and everyone involved.
17/06/2018 - We are delighted to announce, the Irish Film Board funded short documentary Mother & Baby will have it's INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE at Palm Springs International Film Festival & Palm Springs ShortFest in California, June 19th to 25th 2018.
07/06/2018 - Incorrect Registrations of Birth: New Evidence in St Patrick Guild Records
On Tuesday 29th May, Minister Katherine Zappone made a statement in relation to 126 cases where births were incorrectly registered between 1946 and 1969 had been identified by TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency. These cases were identified during an analysis of the adoption records transferred to Tusla by the former adoption society
St Patrick’s Guild, which show irregularities in the birth registration process. Tusla will be making contact with people in these 126 cases where births were incorrectly registered.
29/05/2018 - Incorrect Registrations of Birth: New Evidence in St Patrick Guild Records
Social Workers working to identify and locate people in 126 cases
“A highly sensitive issue with very personal and profound implications for those affected”
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone has announced today that Tusla, the Child and Family Agency will make contact with people in 126 cases where births were incorrectly registered between 1946 and 1969
11/05/2018 - Campaign Starts to Invite Expressions of Interest for Collaborative Forum
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone has today invited expressions of interest from former residents of Mother and Baby Homes and those with comparable experience in a County Home for membership of a Collaborative Forum. Family members of former residents and individuals providing related supports or advocacy are also eligible to apply for membership.
It is intended that majority membership will comprise of former residents of these institutions.
16/04/2018 - Congratulations to Catherine Corless in receiving the People of the Year Awards 2017 on the 15th April 2018 at the Mansion House in Dublin.
After being honoured at the ceremony, Catherine Corless called for a full exhumation of the remains of hundreds of babies on the site of the former Tuam mother and baby home.