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Fréa: Redressing Irish Church and State institutions

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From the Irish State’s foundation (1922), until 1998, Mother and Baby and County Homes existed across Ireland.

Fréa: Redressing Irish Church and State institutions

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Institutions - designed to accommodate single mothers, pregnant women or those risking destitution - became places of neglect, degradation, suffering and loneliness. Significantly, rates of infant mortality outstripped those of the wider population.

Following the discovery of the remains of 796 children, illegally buried on the site of the Bonn Secours Home in Tuam (County Galway) -and campaigns from former residents of the homes- a Commission of Investigation was established by the Irish Government. This was followed by the enactment of several pieces of legislation, aimed at responding to former residents’ experiences.

It’s believed 38,000 people will be eligible to access these schemes. Additionally, it’s estimated 40% of these live in Britain.

• With today’s legislation in place, what effects are the systems having?

• What were the experiences of former residents and how are they being addressed?

• Where can people access the schemes or gain help to access them?

During our online event, Fréa will explore former resident experiences and share the Government’s response. The event will help people understand how they access these systems and ways they can advocate for former residents.