The final report on the Mother and Baby Homes investigations has been released to the public, all 3000-ish pages of it.
Established in 2015 by the Irish Government, the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters was created to provide a full account of what happened to vulnerable women and children in Mother and Baby Homes during the period 1922 to 1998.
It submitted its final report to the Minister on 30 October 2020, with the report released to the public on Tuesday 12 January, 2021.
Marking the release of the report, the Irish Examiner’s 13 January edition has dedicated the front page of the paper to the names of those who died at the Bessborough Mother & Baby Home.
Find the original on Twitter below.
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The report is a long one, almost 3,000 pages long as downloads go. Without comment or having even begun to delve into the details, the links below are provided for reference in locating the report.
As an excerpt, “The story of mother and baby homes in Ireland is complex and its nuances cannot easily be captured in a summary. The Commission’s Terms of Reference cover the period 1922 – 1998, a span of 76 years.”
“Ireland was a cold harsh environment for many, probably the majority, of its residents during the earlier half of the period under remit. It was especially cold and harsh for women.”
“All women suffered serious discrimination. Women who gave birth outside marriage were subject to particularly harsh treatment. Responsibility for that harsh treatment rests mainly with the fathers of their children and their own immediate families.”
“It was supported by, contributed to, and condoned by, the institutions of the State and the Churches. However, it must be acknowledged that the institutions under investigation provided a refuge – a harsh refuge in some cases – when the families provided no refuge at all.”
It continues (PDF).
You can view full details of the report here at gov.ie, or download 2,835 page version of the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes (PDF, 23mb) here.