Guest Post | by Owen Felix O'Neill Between 5,000 and 7,000 healthy single mothers died in Irish unwed mothers institutions and w e need an honest public discussion of that appalling toll. I was born in such an institution: St. Patrick’s on the Navan Road Dublin, the biggest in the country. I spent my first 4 years there. My mother, Norah, was 38 when she had me in 1954. It obviously wasn’t easy for her or the other women of these homes and although I never knew her, the following is based on my conversations over the years with other women who survived the homes. RELIGIOUS BUTCHERY -NOT MEDICINE In some London hospitals in the early 1940s, 50s and 60s, many of the midwives in training were Irish nuns. But once their training was completed and they returned home to Ireland and started to work at the nine main unmarried mothers homes they altered some of the surgical procedures they learnt in London to lethal effect. An episiotomy, although no longer routine, is a f
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."
by Irish First Mothers Irish women whose infants were stolen by the State and Church apparatus are not concerned over their privacy rights . We are concerned for our Human Rights . We were sidelined when our babies were stolen. We are an afterthought today in a Bill framed entirely around the adopted person. What has changed? As victims of a State-sanctioned regime, we want UNREDACTED access to all files used in these mass scale, practices which were illegal and still-unprosecuted genocide, under the ICC Act, 2006. We oppose this rush to legislate BEFORE the Commission of Investigation reports. We are adults . Our stolen children are now adults. We want no part of the widely discredited Tusla system. We do not see ourselves as a new "market" for ineffective and already overburdened State services. We are simply exercising an FOI human right to the unredacted files which will help us find the truth of our lives and rebuild our sundered family bonds -without