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    Independent TD Clare Daly raised a different case in the Dail -

    9 October 2013
    Mother finds adopted daughter after a 30-year search - Independent.ie

    The Dail heard that the woman gave birth to a baby daughter in the Mother and Baby Home in Castlepollard in Westmeath in 1966 but never consented to giving her up for adoption. She was told by a priest and matron that her daughter had been adopted but never signed any papers.

    Mr Kenny promised to arrange a meeting between Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the Adoption Alliance to deal with Ms Daly’s complaint that the records in this case were available and should have been used long before to re-unite the woman with her daughter.

    …. All records relating to those in the home are held in the HSE’s Adoption Unit in St. Stephen's Hospital in Cork
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    17 March 2017

    Angel plot in former home may contain remains of 300 infants - Independent.ie

    The details of 203 deaths, recorded between 1935 and 1971, including mothers, babies and one nun, were revealed yesterday

    Spokesman Paul Redmond (Castlepollard Mother and Baby home group) ….

    "After a respectful and dignified discussion followed by a group vote, we are releasing the names of every baby, child, and mother known to have died at the institution during its 36-year operation from 1935 to 1971," he said.

    There is pressure to extend the terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes.
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    17 year old Mary Carmel Donegan is not known to have died. She is missing from the lists of deaths (1950) at Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home…

    Survivors release list of deaths at Castlepollard Mother and Baby home | Irish Examiner
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarryPlough01 View Post
    17 year old Mary Carmel Donegan is not known to have died. She is missing from the lists of deaths (1950) at Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home…

    Survivors release list of deaths at Castlepollard Mother and Baby home | Irish Examiner
    What is the significance of this please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RodShaft View Post
    What is the significance of this please?
    Thank you. See My Conclusions -

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    Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation; 2nd Interim Report

    11 April 2017


    ~~~SNIPPED~~~


    My Conclusions:

    ***An inspection would have found that CASTLEPOLLARD had far lower infant mortality rates than all the rest owing to the fact that in Castlepollard they had better obstetric conditions because illegal baby trafficking was a huge revenue stream for the nuns who ran it.***

    The Investigation excluded Castlepollard, by an 'Order of Government', a site that would have offset the staggering infant mortality rates at Mother and Baby homes in general. Who pulled the strings excluding Castlepollard?




    References / Sources:

    Notice- 11th April 2017

    Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (11 April 2017) published the Second Interim Report of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes.

    Second Interim Report of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes.

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    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxs...N5NXIzY1E/view

    Perhaps the missing woman was caught up in the illegal child trafficking? Maybe she knew too much, or maybe she would not keep silent, and was too bold?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarryPlough01 View Post
    Thank you. See My Conclusions -




    Perhaps the missing woman was caught up in the illegal child trafficking? Maybe she knew too much, or maybe she would not keep silent, and was too bold?
    She could have been 'disappeared' into the mental health system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew49 View Post
    She could have been 'disappeared' into the mental health system.

    Andrew49,

    There would have been paperwork filled out by the person who sought the reception order and the psychiatrist who comfirmed it, at that time (1950).

    Mental Treatment Act, 1945

    Mental Treatment Act, 1945, Section 162

    A relative or gardai could avail of this informatiion under Freedom of Information.




    NB: "Chargeable Patients" are not private, but paid for by the State.
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    A brief history of Castlepollard by Paul Redmond -

    https://adoption.xyzz.work/wp-conten...tlepollard.pdf

    https://adoptionland.org/p/886/a-bri...her-baby-home/

    In late 1933 or early 1934 they bought the third and last of their homes; the old Manor House in Castlepollard, County Westmeath with 110 acres of land. They (Sacred Hearts Order of Nuns) built Saint Peters, a three story, 120 bed maternity hospital between 1935 and 1937. .....

    They received a grant of £65,000 from the Irish Government (a huge sum of money at the time) from the Hospital Fund which was the Fund for profits from the old Irish Sweepstakes.
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    Survivors of Mother and Baby Homes Scandal Want Justice For All. They Are Asking For the Inquiry's Incomplete Scope To Be Widened -

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...l-justice-tuam

    The tiny county home in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, for example, is included in the inquiry, but it closed in 1957 and activists are unaware of a single living survivor; the inquiry is, essentially, investigating an empty building. The Temple Hill holding centre, however, closed in the 1980s and has thousands of living survivors who, unless they later entered a Mother and Baby home, are excluded.

    The final report of the inquiry, due in February 2018, therefore, will be partial and flawed unless, as activists hope, it agrees to change its scope now. It if doesn’t, the Dáil should intervene. Some of the survivors are ageing and in poor health; some have died since the inquiry began. The community doesn’t want a hierarchy of victims with so many left behind, but justice for all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarryPlough01 View Post
    Survivors of Mother and Baby Homes Scandal Want Justice For All. They Are Asking For the Inquiry's Incomplete Scope To Be Widened -

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...l-justice-tuam

    The tiny county home in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, for example, is included in the inquiry, but it closed in 1957 and activists are unaware of a single living survivor; the inquiry is, essentially, investigating an empty building. The Temple Hill holding centre, however, closed in the 1980s and has thousands of living survivors who, unless they later entered a Mother and Baby home, are excluded.

    The final report of the inquiry, due in February 2018, therefore, will be partial and flawed unless, as activists hope, it agrees to change its scope now. It if doesn’t, the Dáil should intervene. Some of the survivors are ageing and in poor health; some have died since the inquiry began. The community doesn’t want a hierarchy of victims with so many left behind, but justice for all.
    And from the Tuam thread:

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    It kind of jars with me but wasn't 1969 the year when our politicians were quite tasked with Civil Rights in Northern Ireland!! They can't all have been in ignorance of the state of Institutionalisation/Incarceration of pregnant women and girls and their children in the Republic of Ireland!!!!
    I think FF & FG and Labour need to be called out on all this; it's all very well holding inquiries/commissions into this horrendous saga but none of the inquiries have even touched on the civil rights of the incarcerated women & children. Why were these political parties getting themselves into a state of high dudgeon over civil rights abuses in Northern Ireland but completely quiet on the civil rights abuses in the Republic? And surely the attempt to exclude Castlepollard from an in-depth inquiry smacks of some kind of political corruption?
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