Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman to bring details of a redress scheme for mother and baby home survivors to Cabinet any day now.
A redress scheme was due to be announced by the end of May, however, Department of Children officials are still debating the details to ensure it is easy to access for survivors.
25 academics and legal experts found that residents of mother and baby homes were subjected to involuntary detention, forced labour and illegal adoption, noting that the "Commission used a narrow account of Irish legal history to excuse the abuses detailed across the Report".
The Compensation/Redress Scheme to be set up by the Government is likely to compensate the surviving mothers for the pain and suffering they endured whilst residing in the homes but it is also likely that the children born in such homes may also be eligible for compensation.
It would appear that survivors that are now resident outside of Ireland may well be eligible for compensation such as persons residing in Britain, America and other countries.
The list of institutions investigated by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission are as follows:
1) Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway; 2) Denny House, Eglinton Rd, Dublin 4, originally Magdalen Home, 8 Lower Leeson St, Dublin 2; 3) Kilrush, Cooraclare Rd, Co. Clare; 4) Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary; 5) St. Gerard’s, originally 39, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1. 6) St. Patrick’s, Navan Road, Dublin 7 (originally known as Pelletstown; and subsequent transfer to Eglinton House, Eglinton Rd, Dublin 4) 7) The Castle, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal.
8) Ard Mhuire, Dunboyne, Co Meath; 9) Belmont (Flatlets), Belmont Ave, Dublin 4; 10) Bessboro House, Blackrock, Cork; 11) Bethany Home, originally Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 and from 1934 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6;
12) Manor House, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath; 13) Ms. Carr’s (Flatlets), 16 Northbrook Rd, Dublin 6; 14) Regina Coeli Hostel, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, and
1) Thomastown County Home, Co Kilkenny (St Columba’s) 2) St Kevin’s Institution (Dublin Union) 3) Stranorlar County Home, Co Donegal (St Joseph’s) 4) Cork City County Home (St Finbarr’s)
We are hopeful that the Compensation/Redress Scheme to be set up by the government will not be unduly restrictive and instead be generous in terms of compensation to recognize the appalling circumstances many of the residents and children of these homes endured throughout the several decades.
Hughes Walsh Solicitors have acted on behalf of a countless applicants to the Residential Institutions Redress Board established to compensate residents in industrial schools. Our firm has decades of experience in dealing with similar compensatory claims successfully.
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