Tusla is an Irish state agency that has responsibility for child protection and welfare services, family support, educational welfare and a range of other services.
Vadim Kuzmenko packed a bundle of T -shirts, some socks, underwear, two hoodies and one warm coat and his phone. He hugged his mother, stepfather and younger sister, said goodbye and boarded a bus that would take him on a three-day journey away from everything he knew and loved.
Apologies are often hard to get right – but they are doubly difficult when they have to be done twice. This one, which involves thousands of people whose birth records were falsified as part of the adoption process, may actually have to happen three times.
The announcement by Justice Minister Helen McEntee that undocumented migrants will be given a pathway to citizenship under a new scheme is an important announcement for women vulnerable to sexual exploitation, women in the sex trade and those being trafficked.
Two days before Covid lockdown in March Gerry Devaney received a call from Tusla. “I had been in contact for months before that. I had this inkling that there was someone out there belonging to me. Tusla said they’d do the best they can and sure enough they did.”
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