By Kathy McMahon
4th April, 2017 - Following correspondence to our group from the Irish Attorney General, Irish First Mothers has today replied to the AG laying formal charges of genocide against the Irish State on behalf of around 70 mothers formerly resident in Mother and Baby homes. We have also written requesting the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to engage with Ireland on this issue, on an informal and voluntary basis.
Our claim under Ireland's International Criminal Court Act of 2006, alleges crimes of genocide and failure to prevent genocide by the Irish State in respect of its historical treatment of unmarried mothers. Specifically we assert that our sequestration in State-sanctioned religious homes and the subsequent coercive adoption of our children violated two signature genocide criteria enshrined in Irish law: grievous mental harm and forced transfer of children. In support of our claim to the Attorney General, we cited public comments by for…
Survivors of Ireland's Mother and Baby homes are distraught and angry following a news report that the judge leading a Commission of Investigation into 14 such homes has requested an additional year to issue her final report -currently due by mid-February 2019.
"This morning I woke to the news that the commission of investigation are looking for another year. Another Year! And I just bust into tears," says Rosemary Adie of Irish First Mothers -the largest group of natural mothers.
"I'm heartbroken and my mental state is shattered."
"I was so sick today," said Sheila O'Byrne who was in St. Partick's Home on the Navan Road, Dublin.
"It was shocking to read about a year delay in the paper without any prior warning from Minister Zappone."
"It was the lowest thing to do. It was despicable and demeaning to our survivors. The 15th of February, 2019 is the deadline and we expect that commitment to be met."
Ann Lovett died aged 15 in 1984 after giving birth at a grotto in Granard, Co Longford – a tragedy that continues to resonate. Today, Ann’s former boyfriend Ricky McDonnell speaks publicly for the first time5th May, 2018 Rosita Boland20ImagesVideo
Richard “Ricky” McDonnell: “At the beginning I was silent out of fear, and then it was out of respect.”
Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times