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'I am one of the lucky ones, but others suffered badly': Richard Boyd Barrett on the mother and baby homes

Richard Boyd Barrett talks to Ali Bracken about his birth in a mother and baby home - and his views on the Government

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SPEAKING FROM THE HEART: Richard Boyd Barrett says it’s critical the voices of mother and baby home survivors are heard. Photo: Fergal Phillips

SPEAKING FROM THE HEART: Richard Boyd Barrett says it’s critical the voices of mother and baby home survivors are heard. Photo: Fergal Phillips

SPEAKING FROM THE HEART: Richard Boyd Barrett says it’s critical the voices of mother and baby home survivors are heard. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Richard Boyd Barrett considers himself one of the fortunate. Born at a mother and baby home in 1967, he was adopted into a loving family and was later reunited with his birth mother, actress Sinéad Cusack.

"Undoubtedly, I am one of the lucky ones. I was adopted by a wonderful family. And then subsequently I was reunited with my biological family. My mother came and found me. Changes in the law allowed her to do that. And since then, I have met brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles that I had never known. So I am incredibly lucky," he tells the Sunday Independent.

"But I am acutely aware there are other people I know who have had very, very different outcomes. And people will go to their graves not knowing who their mother was, who their father was, what brothers and sisters they may have had. And who have suffered terrible, multi-generational damage as a result of the experiences they went through. The abuse they suffered, the discrimination and stigma that was attached to them. It's heartbreaking what happened to many people."


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