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Saturday 23 August 2014

Mother and baby home probe call

Philip Ryan

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

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Children's Minister Charlie Flanagan

A COALITION of groups held talks with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness about establishing a cross-border investigation into mother and baby homes.

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The group believe that children were taken from unmarried mothers and trafficked both sides of the Border by religious orders.

They appealed to the Sinn Fein's Mr McGuinness to launch an investigation into homes run by all religious orders in Northern Ireland.

The group's spokeswoman and Adoption Rights Alliance founder Susan Lohan said the issues "crossed sectarian lines and border lines".

Mr McGuinness told the group his party had identified nine potential homes which could be included in an inquiry.

Meanwhile, Children's Minister Charlie Flanagan (right) has set-up a dedicated phone line and counselling service for former residents of mother and baby homes.

Those seeking information on the inquiry should low call the HSE National Information Line on 1850 24 1850, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

A freephone out-of-hours professional counselling service is available on 1800 477 477 from the Republic of Ireland and 00800 477 477 77 from Northern Ireland and the UK.

Irish Independent

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