‘Regressive’ And ‘Insensitive’

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Minister for Children Affairs Katherine Zappone ( above) and Tusla are heavily criticised in the leaked report.


The Sunday Independent revealed details of a leaked report by the Collaborative Forum on Mother and Baby Home. A report outgoing Minister for Children Affairs Katherine Zappone had refused to publish.

It detailed episodes of mixed race children who were subjected to “racial profiling” and ‘stripped of their identities’.


Tusla, which controls access to birth records from mother and baby homes and adoption societies, is accused of withholding personal information from applicants detained as children across various institutions on the grounds that to release it “could cause harm to the wider family members”.

The outgoing Minister for Children is criticised for transferring records from mother and baby homes to the child and family agency as “astonishing”, “regressive” and “insensitive”.

The “levels of anger, frustration and discontent” towards Tusla from survivors trying to access their records has “escalated to record numbers”, the report says. Their experiences of trying to find out who they are have been “damaging and re-traumatising” for the most vulnerable survivors.

The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016, which is much criticised in the report, fell by the wayside shortly before the change of government.

The legislation attempted to address the rights of adoptees to their identity, while balancing the rights of natural parents to not be contacted. In the end, it could not be done. The minister was advised of constitutional issues with allowing adopted people unrestricted access to their birth information and attempts at reaching consensus failed.

The spirit of inclusivity in which the collaborative forum was founded has given way to feelings of exclusion.

Racial profiling, segregation like Apartheid – shocking report reveals racist abuse in Mother and Baby homes (Maeve Sheehan, Sunday Independent)

Last week: Tusla And The Silencing

1 thought on “‘Regressive’ And ‘Insensitive’

  1. V

    Shur didn’t the late Christine Buckley tell us, 20 odd years ago, what it was like to be mixed race in one of those criminal, and yes they were, criminal institutions.

    Can’t remember for sure, but that poor girl was never even told her real birthday, and I definitely remember one of the Late Late’s / Prime times and she was very explicit about the religious orders racist views and conduct.

    In fairness all the children were treated like scabies, and only maintained for the extraction of money to send to Rome, Money Spinners
    So Jaysus knows how those Nuns and Priests could be even more inhuman and depraved yet somehow they managed it

    So why is this all news now anyway,
    RIP Christine. At least I listened to you.


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