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Callous cut-off point for redress scheme is an insult to mother and baby homes survivors

Julia Molony


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A mother hugs her child after leaving flowers at the shrine at the Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A mother hugs her child after leaving flowers at the shrine at the Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A mother hugs her child after leaving flowers at the shrine at the Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Last week we learned the Government believes children born into mother and baby homes didn’t suffer from real or lasting harm, so long as they were adopted out within six months of their birth.

That is why it opted to exclude those children from the controversial redress payment scheme announced by Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman. You don’t have to be a developmental neuroscientist to understand why this assumption is wrong.


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