Academic Response to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation Report

A mother holding her baby

Mairead Enright (Birmingham Law) and 24 co-authors will launch a draft of the new Executive Summary to Ireland's Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation Report this afternoon at 4pm at an online event hosted by TU Dublin.

The new Executive Summary revisits the Commission's findings, using a human rights lens to argue that the Commission had ample evidence of breaches of human rights in the mother and baby homes system, including coerced adoption, institutional racism and inhuman and degrading treatment. The Commission's original report largely dismisses equivalent claims, made by survivor advocacy groups. The Minister with responsibility for these issues, Roderic O'Gorman, has said that he 'welcomes' this intervention but has not addressed the specific findings.

Morning Ireland carried an overview of these findings this morning while the Irish Examiner offers detailed coverage of the contents:

Tonight the editors will launch the document on behalf of the writing team, and invite feedback on their draft before formal publication during the 2021/22 academic year.