A state apology, redress and access to their birth information should be given to survivors of mother and baby homes, the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation has recommended this week. The commission’s long-awaited report has finally been published.
There were some horrific findings including a confirmation that about 9,000 children died in the 18 homes under investigation over the period from 1922 to 1998. That accounted for about 15% of all the children who were in the institutions during this period.
The inquiry had originally been set up to examine:
- The entry and exit arrangements at the homes;
- Living conditions;
- Vaccine trials;
- Whether or not residents were treated differently on any grounds such as race disability and religion.
In terms of redress, the report notes that redress can be:
- financial or
- in the form of enhanced services.
The Commission considers that “services such as counselling and enhanced medical cards should be made available to those former residents who need them”.
The report also goes on to say “The State does have an obligation not to discriminate between people in similar situations. Financial redress has been awarded in the past to a number of groups. If redress is being considered for former residents of mother and baby homes, the relevant comparable redress schemes are the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme (RIRS) (for the children) and the Magdalen laundries scheme (for the mothers),”.
The Government has a phased approach to its response which will run through 8 categories:
- A survivor-centred approach
- Access to Personal Information
- Archiving and Databases
- Education and Research
- Restorative Recognition
- Dignified Burial
Why Tallans – Our Experience
Tallans Solicitors has a longstanding history in assisting victims to get the right and proper redress they deserve. We have advised clients in securing redress from other statutory schemes such as:
- Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal
- Residential Institutions Redress Board
- Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme
- Lourdes Hospital Redress Board
- Clerical Abuse Claims
Tallans have a reputation for legal challenges against the State.
Sheila Cooney and Deirdre Moran acted for over 1,800 women taking legal action against the State for social welfare inequality. They were successful in securing compensation for all.
Deirdre Moran is a specialist practitioner in the area of adoption law and has recently been involved in high profile cases before the High Court and Supreme Court. Find out more about Deirdre’s experience on her recent blog post by clicking here.
Sheila, Deirdre and the team successfully secured the overturning of a conviction and secured a certificate of miscarriage of justice and compensation. For more information click here.
HepC Compensation Tribunal and Tallans MD Sheila Cooney
Our MD Sheila Cooney sat on the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal from the beginning for 10 years. Sheila was chosen because of her extensive experience as a personal injury litigator. Most of the other Tribunal members were barristers and/or judges. She was the first and at the time, the only solicitor to sit on the Compensation Tribunal.
For over a decade, Sheila sat on the Tribunal, often as acting Chair and witnessed the level of pain and anguish it caused families – the people directly affected aswell as their families.
At the time, the Supreme Court mandated that the Tribunal gave compensation in line with the High Court. So Sheila would spend hours pouring over personal injury cases that were being heard in the High Court. Her knowledge on medical negligence is extensive.
To date, the Hep C Tribunal has given out €1billion.
The Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal was set up by the Irish Government in 1995 to compensate, persons infected with Hepatitis C as a result of the use of Human Immunoglobulin Anti-D or as a result of the receipt of a blood transfusion or blood product within the Republic of Ireland.
If you’ve been affected by any issues in this post, please talk to Tallans in confidence:
Call: 041 9838708
Tallans Solicitors have a strong reputation in dealing with personal injury claims*. This reputation is based on our experience, our practical and commercial outlook and our willingness to vigorously assert and defend the rights and interests of our clients. Our solicitors have over 70 years of experience in the area. We have recovered millions of euros for hundreds of our clients arising out of a diverse range of personal injury cases.