Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

On 12 January 2021, the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes (pdf) was published. On Wednesday 13 January 2021, the Taoiseach made a statement in the Dáil on the report and its contents and apologised on behalf of the Government, the State and its citizens to the survivors. This was followed by a statement and apology from the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

The Government has published FAQs explaining the findings of the report.

The report is available online. Printed copies of the full report can be requested by former residents or family members who need to provide the Department with a postal address. More information about ordering full copies will be published shortly. There is no charge for the report for former residents. Printed copies of the full report will also be available in public locations such as libraries and Citizens Information Centres, when the public health situation permits.

Shorter copies of the report are available immediately. This version includes approximately 304 pages covering the Introduction, Timeline, Executive Summary, Recommendations and Confidential Committee Report. For a copy of the shorter report, call 01-6473200 or email motherandbabyhomes@equality.gov.ie. 

Counselling supports for former residents of Mother and Baby Homes have been published on gov.ie. A new webpage with information on counselling services specifically for former residents of Mother and Baby Homes has been set up by the HSE. Additional mental health supports provided/funded by the HSE are also available to former residents. 

The Barnardos Post Adoption Service has extended its support line on (01) 4546388, or by email adoption@banardos.ie and is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Support groups for adopted adults and birthmothers are also available.