05/12/2017 - Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD

  • Extension of time to ensure crucial questions are fully addressed

  • New Collaborative Forum will give a strong voice to former residents

  • UN Special Rapporteur to be invited to assist Ireland in responding to issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today published the Third Interim Report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

01/12/2017 - The facilitators’ draft report of the meeting held in Cork on the 6th October will be circulated to participants for comment shortly and will be submitted to the Minister following a short period to allow for such responses to be made.  If you attended the meeting on the 6th and have not received a copy of the report by Wednesday 3rd December, please contact the Department by phone at 01 6473200 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

05/11/2017 - Expert Technical Group Tuam Report

Minister Katherine Zappone has received the report of the Expert Technical Group dealing with the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway.  The multidisciplinary team of experts was appointed to provide technical advices to Government on the future of the site after the Commission’s announcement in March 2017 that they had discovered significant quantities of human remains at the former Mother and Baby Home.

06/10/2017 - Minister Zappone meets with former residents in Cork

A second Facilitated Meeting is taking place today (6th October 2017) at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel just outside Cork city centre. This event was aimed at former residents and their supporters who were unable to attend the initial meeting held in June at the Weston Hotel in Dublin. Approximately 30 people are participating in the day including former residents, members of representative groups and their supporters.

01/09/2017 - Announcement of facilitated consultation with former residents.

Minister Katherine Zappone is pleased to confirm the arrangements for the second facilitated consultation with former residents of mother and baby homes. The meeting will take place at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel in Cork City on the 6th of October. 

04/08/2017 - Expert Technical Group continues its work in relation to the Tuam site

The Expert Technical Group established by Minister Katherine Zappone is making progress in its work. An extensive geophysical survey was undertaken on site at Tuam in July. This consisted of data
collection through a variety of non invasive techniques, over the course of 5 days.

07/07/2017 - Introduction from Minister Katherine Zappone
Welcome to our first Monthly Update on Issues Relating to Mother and Baby Homes.
I have listened carefully to the requests from former residents, their families and supporters to enhance our communication of information on a regular basis. In response, my Department’s monthly update will provide information on the measures being progressed across Government to respond to the issues which have emerged so far from the work of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes