Preserve and Protect Bessboro

The petition to protect bessborough mother and baby home is attached below: https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/preserve-protect-bessboro?fbclid=IwAR1rrEyc2d8B2jDkfYU9liaVysu7sT6yCSEWChXLMvDz4KCtYbt6TdDdtZk Bessborough mother & baby home is constantly being targeted by developers even after the Mother & Baby Home commission’s final report, which stated, it was “highly likely” that burials did take place in the grounds of Bessborough, which opened as a mother…

You Praise His Name

This is a poem written by Laura Angela Collins the daughter of a women called Mary Teresa Collins who has been attempting to have her mothers remains removed from a mass grave her mother was put into Cork, Ireland. Angela collins spent twenty seven years in a Magdalene laundry after escaping a county home. In…

Irish Traveller DNA Research

A Facebook group called ‘Irish Traveller DNA Research’ has been created among the community to help Irish Travellers with our family Genealogy research and so there is a place to record information for the many generations to come. A lot of our Irish Traveller history has become lost during the ages, with also dealing with…

People need to be held to account for the continuous abuse.

My mother a survivor Mary Teresa Collins who suffers with PTSD is very distressed by the action taken to destroy her audio in regards to the Mother & Baby Home Commission. Before this distressing action of deleting the evidence that proved the commission ignored the voices of survivors and made claims that didn’t align with…

Over 4500 signatures in just 48 hours.

A petition against the seal of the mother and baby home records gets 4500 signatures in under 48 hours. A gagging order was put into legislation by government many years ago in just 48 hours before the bill was passed and this was also without any Dáil debate. This was done to the survivors of…

Micheál Martin can his words be trusted by survivors?

There is huge concerns over the lack of consultation regarding the Bill which was seen to be fast tracked through this week. The bill in question will enable the government to seal the mother and baby home commissions records for 30 years. Questions today in the dáil had been asked as to why the Children’s…

Traveller apology is needed if all life’s are to matter.

I come from a long line of native Rilantu Mincéirí (Irish Travellers), my family had been incarcerated via the Magdalene laundries, industrial schools, county homes and faced forced adoption. In November 2017 I sent out press releases to media outlets stating “it’s time to apologise to Travellers for planning to steal their children in the…

Traveller Mental Health Day- The generational impact.

Today is the first Traveller mental health day, Travellers were asked to show their solidarity by ether drawing or planting a Tree of life. My family did a family tree of life with our hand prints to also represent family as many Traveller children and women within Traveller community ended up in institutions to be…