“Deflated, disappointed and confused” is how Tuam based historian Catherine Corless described her reaction to yesterday’s webinar where survivors of Mother And Baby Homes got their first glance at the 3000 page Commission Report into Mother and Baby Homes.

Over the past five years, the commission has been establishing what occurred in 14 mother-and-baby homes and four county homes. The institutions, which are spread across the country, operated between the 1920s and the 1990s.

She told Midwest News today that many of the 500 participants in the webinar afterwards expressed similar reactions to her, after listening to The Taoiseach Micheal Martin and the Minister for Children Roderic O’Connor.

She described the tone of the Taoiseach’s address as “helplessness” and his apology appeared to lean on “our collective” responsibility for what happened to 56,000 women and 57,000 children who passed through these institutions over 70 years. Catherine says the apology needs to be substantially more specific, and in addition what happens now to the survivors of these institutions needs to be immediate, not long term aspirations.

Survivors want access to their records, but that is not forthcoming she says, from what she has read so far in this extensive Report.

Catherine spoke to Midwest News today about her reaction to this mammoth Report


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