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From top: Mothers and babies at St Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home, Navan Road, Dublin in the late 1960s.; Solicitor Rod Baker

You may recall how a Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was launched last year.

Further to this…

Rod Baker, a consultant at Hogan Lovells, writes in the Solicitors Journal:

A team of lawyers from Hogan Lovells is assisting the Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) and Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) in a project aimed at assisting people affected by the Mother and Baby Homes.

This assistance, which is provided on a pro bono basis, involves helping individuals prepare statements setting out their experiences, which can then be sent to the Commission of Investigation.

The long-term ambition is to create a database of evidence that will enable ARA and JFMR to make collective submissions to the commission based on the evidence gathered.

These submissions will relate not only to the findings the commission should make about what happened in the homes and how they operated within the state system, but also to the recommendations the commission should make to improve the status of, and information available to, adopted people.

For example, adopted people are not entitled to a copy of their birth certificate (a document that we might each think would be ours as of right) without first providing a statutory declaration that they will not try to contact their natural parents.

This project is known as Clann (the Irish word for family)…It is hoped that the Clann project will assist those affected by the Mother and Baby Homes, many of whom are elderly or vulnerable, to tell their stories.

We also hope that being able to provide the commission with evidence in an organised and comprehensive form will be of assistance to it in what ought to be the production of an exhaustive report exposing the detail of an uncomfortable chapter in Ireland’s history.

Helping Ireland’s unmarried mothers tell their stories (Solicitors Journal)

Hogan Lovells

H/T: Claire McGettrick

Previously: ‘Must Be Mounted On A Crucifix’

Pic by Margaret Moloney via ‘Fallen Women’ project by Emer Gillespie


RTE reports:

RTÉ News has learned that from next year a new database will be used for the administration of the water conservation grant.

In a letter, obtained by RTÉ under the Freedom of Information Act, the Department of the Environment details how the Local Government Management Agency could bring together data on customers and non-customers of Irish Water into a single new database to be used by the Department of Social Protection.

This will involve the setting up of a new website to collect and register the details of non-Irish Water Customers.

There you go now.

Households to receive letters about water grant (RTÉ)

Previously: About That Irish Water ‘Database’


The Government is making a database of primary schoolchildren.

The data [which will be shared with the department of Welfare and the HSE] will include medical and psychological assessments,religious and racial characteristics.

What could possibly go wrong?

Solicitor Simon McGarr writes:

This database, if leaked or misused, would compromise the identity security of every young person in the entire country. It would provide a treasure trove for blackmailers or identity thieves. It’s precisely because this sort of data is so red-hot radioactive that the Census data- the only collection comparable to this proposed datagrab- is given special legislative protections in the Statistics Act 1993.
Regrettably, it seems the Department of Education has not learned anything from the recent past.

Unanswered legal problems with the Government’s new database of children (Simon McGarr)

Primary Online Database (Education.ie)

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