Commission of Investigation of Mother & Baby Homes
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To all persons with an interest in the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes,
Following on from my email of the 3rd December last, I wish to confirm that I will be bringing a Memorandum to Cabinet on Tuesday the 12th January to seek approval for the publication of the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters) and the Commission’s Sixth Interim report.
On the same day, I will be bringing a separate Memorandum seeking approval to proceed with the Certain Historic Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill, which will allow for exhumation and dignified reburial of the remains interred at the site at Tuam. Pending Cabinet approval, the Bill will then proceed to pre-legislative scrutiny in the Oireachtas.
After the Cabinet meeting, An Taoiseach and I will host an online presentation for former residents to outline some of the key findings from the Report, along with details of the initial Government response.
Access to this online presentation will be available on Tuesday 12th January at 1:30 pm.
You will be able to access the meeting from any internet enabled device such as a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. You can also join this meeting from a standard home, desk or mobile telephone, albeit without any video facilities.
To join by Video Conference (Cisco Webex):
Click or Tap:
Password: 1234 (only required if joining from a Mobile App)
To join by telephone or mobile phone:
Dial: 01 5339982
Access Code: 174 890 8449 #
Please note it is my intention that former residents, their families and supporters are the first to see the report and hear about its contents. As such the webinar is not open to media, who will be afforded a separate briefing after the webinar has concluded. Please feel free to share this information, and the link above, with other former residents and their families who you feel should be in attendance.
Following this presentation the Report will be available to download in full from the Department website. The link to access this will be issued during the presentation on Tuesday afternoon.
I know that publication of this Report will be a landmark moment for the many thousands of former residents, their families and advocates, in particular those who directly contributed to the Commission’s work by sharing their deeply personal and lived experiences. The full, unredacted Report as submitted by the Commission is being published. It is nearly 3,000 pages long with individual chapters for each of the institutions and specific issues which the Commission was tasked with examining.
I have engaged with the Minister for Health to ensure that the National Counselling Service will be available to provide responsive and timely services for any person who needs professional counselling support. Relevant contact details are included below.
If you have any questions regarding publication, please contact:
Roderic O’Gorman TD,
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth
National Counselling Service: For anyone who feels they may need professional counselling support, the HSE National Counselling Service is available from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5pm. Details of the National Counselling Service and contact details for each area are listed below.
CHO Area 1
Donegal, Sligo & Leitrim
1800 234 119
CHO Area 2
Galway, Mayo & Roscommon
1800 234 114
CHO Area 3
Limerick, Clare & North Tipperary
1800 234 115
CH Cork, Kerry
Cork & Kerry
1800 234 116
CHO Area 5
Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow & South Tipperary
1800 234 118
South Dublin, South East Dublin & East Wicklow
1800 234 111
CH Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow
South West Dublin, Kildare & West Wicklow
1800 234 112
CHO Area 8
Midlands: Laois, Offaly, Longford & Westmeath
1800 234 113
CHO Area 1/8
Louth, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan
1800 234 117
CHO Area 9
Dublin North & Dublin North City
1800 234 110
A new webpage with information specifically for former residents of Mother and Baby Homes has been set up at:
Connect Counselling: Outside of these hours, Connect Counselling provides telephone support. Anyone affected can also directly contact the CONNECT free telephone out of hours telephone counselling and support service where they can talk in confidence with a trained counsellor. This service is generally available between 6pm and 10pm Monday through to Sunday on 1800 477 477.
Do you need to talk to someone now? Free call Samaritans 116 123 or Text YMH to 50808
(Messaging Support Service).
Additional mental health supports provided/funded by the HSE are also available to former residents. Details of these supports are available on http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie
Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy service (ICAP): ICAP run a counselling and psychotherapy service for survivors of institutional abuse which is available to survivors living in Britain. It is funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland and is provided free of charge. ICAP have many years of experience in providing psychotherapy for adult survivors of institutional abuse and their families and can be contacted on 0207 272 7906 or email email@example.com
Contacting the Department: There is also a dedicated telephone Information line available for people seeking further information about the publication of the Report. The Department’s Information Line can be contacted on 01-6473200 from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6pm.
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Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
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