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Mother and baby home meeting coming to Cork

Thursday, 14th September, 2017 8:46am

Former residents of mother and bay homes have been asked to attend a private meeting on Leeside. 

The meeting will explore a number of themes, including whether there are particular supports in the areas of health and well-being that could be of value to former residents of these institutions.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, announced details of the meeting yesterday as she invited former residents of mother and baby homes, their advocates and supporters, to participate in a facilitated consultation process.

The full day session will be held in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs on Friday 6 October. The meeting will be held in private to fully respect the right to confidentiality of all concerned. The format of the day will include plenary sessions and discussion groups.

Participants will be supported by a team of experienced independent facilitators to ensure the discussions are focused on hearing, interpreting and reporting their feedback, the minister said.

This is the second event in the process of engagement initiated as part of the Government’s response to the issues which have emerged to date from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

The Commission is investigating what happened to women and children in these institutions and comparable experiences in a sample of county homes.

Persons with an interest in attending are invited to submit an expression of interest to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Further detailed info and the necessary forms are available in the mother and baby homes section of dcya.gov.ie. The format and themes of this second session will mirror those of the first meeting so priority for available places will be given to persons who did not attend the first event on 30 June.

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