Saturday, 10 June 2017

DONATION - Please support AMRI's work on Mother and Baby Homes

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The Association of Mixed Race Irish (AMRI) was set up to support Irish people who are of mixed race backgrounds or anyone in mixed race families or mixed relationships.

Some of our recent campaigns have been as follows:

1. Building community and networking events for people of mixed race backgrounds and those who are not mixed but are closely related to mixed people (e.g. have mixed race children etc).

2. Working on the Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to highlight how mixed race children were treated in institutions.

3. Working with the media and collaborating with RTE on highlighting stories of mixed race Irish people and the racial abuse they have suffered in their childhood. See "The Search" on 19th July RTE at :- The Search.

4. Tracing people of mixed race who have vanished, with the aim of identifying any welfare needs.

5. Presenting evidence to the Dail's Equality and Justice Committee in October 2014 about racism in state institutions and orphanages.

6. Researching institutional racism and determine more about the needs of this group of people.

Please read more about us at Irish in Britain. See us on Facebook and Twitter and  in Belgium where there are parallels, read this blog: Vlaminginierland.

Currently we would like to raise funds for the follow:

To fund our work on the Mother and Baby Homes Investigation.  ,

Please donate to The Association of Mixed Race Irish (AMRI) using the payment methods below;

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Please make your cheque payable to The Association of Mixed Race Irish and send this to the following address:

AMRI registered Office:

7 Ridgeway Walk,
Arnold Road
Middlesex UB5 5SE

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Commission of Investigation Announcement on Tuam Mother and Baby Home: Statements - Maureen O'Sullivan TD

Here is the extract of Maureen O'Sullivan's statement at the Dail debate on Tuam

Commission of Investigation Announcement on Tuam Mother and Baby Home: Statements 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate

 Vol. 942 No. 2 Unrevised 11 o’clock

Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan: 

We meet so many people, individuals and groups in our political lives, and there will always be some who will make a significant impact on us.

For me, some of those people are the women I met from the Magdalen laundries and from the Association of Mixed Race Irish. I met the latter group several times over the years and with them I met the then Minister, Senator James Reilly.

For me, it was the additional burdens, heartbreak and pain for those in these institutions who were of mixed race. I know Rosemary Adaser has been speaking in the media about her experiences, which are very similar to the others from the group whom I met.

The commission of investigation is specifically examining if any group was systematically treated differently on any grounds, including race. The association is satisfied that this has been included. However, this has to be included in the terms of reference drawn up for any investigation involving children or institutions. There is also a need for suitably-qualified people to assist in investigations into race.

The Association of Mixed Race Irish has wanted to see the interim report to examine if its members' issues are being adequately addressed. Their admission files to mother and baby homes listed their colour under the section "Defects". Regrettably, the Ryan report did not deal directly with race. The group also wants to know the numbers of mixed-race infants who passed through all of the mother and baby homes, particularly St. Patrick's mother and baby home on the Navan Road. All these questions have to be answered and all these issues addressed.

This means the terms of reference have to be wide and flexible enough, particularly with sensitive handling from trained professionals. I know some people will want to speak in public, but others will want to do so in private. Both have to be respected.

Following requests from survivors who objected to the word "home" being used as they find it offensive, we had a discussion with the Minister. I know from that exchange that she was aware of the emotional impact of using that word to describe an institution of horror. 

Under the Equality Act, any investigation with children in institutions has to include race. If there is a need for a criminal investigation, then it should happen. Will the terms of reference do? What is necessary to get to the truth to get justice for everybody involved? At times when we feel that is the worst we can hear, something else emerges much worse. One of members of the Association of Mixed Race Irish has stated:

 The Dublin health authority’s mother and baby home made many references to my colour in reports for no obvious reason other than to note or highlight racial bias. For example, two psychiatrists’ reports in 1967 referred to me as "dark-skinned" in the first one and "coloured" in the second. The question is: what relevance did this have in a medical report? The admissions ledger at the industrial school had "coloured" in one of the columns and also in the heading "admissions reform". [That did not apply to children, say, with red hair or white skin.] The last point the person made was "I don't know how I survived this place" and then "After spending four years at St. Patrick's home, I was sent to an industrial school." 

The members of the association are remarkable people in the context of what they have come through and the way in which they have survived. We owe an awful lot to them to get to the truth.

Hunger for the Truth - Catherine Coreless receives standing ovation

RTE Late Late Show

Tuam Babies Historian Catherine Corless speaks about her shocking discovery | The Late Late Show

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Dail Debate in 1934 - Illegitimate child proof of mother's shame - family pays foster carer to keep this hidden

This extract of a Dail debate on treatment of unmarried mothers in 1934 Ireland: 

In Committee on Finance. - Registration of Maternity Homes Bill, 1934—Second Stage.
Wednesday, 7 February 1934
Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 50 No. 7

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Question proposed: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Local Government and Public Health (Dr. Ward): Information on Dr. Francis Constantine Ward Zoom on Dr. Francis Constantine Ward The Bill is intended to give effect to a recommendation made by the Commission on the Relief of the Sick and Destitute Poor including the Insane Poor. It will be remembered that in paragraphs 266, 267 and 268 of their Report of August, 1927, the Commission wrote:—

“266. It would seem from the evidence given before us that in the City of Dublin there are a number of poor class maternity homes from which children are placed out to nurse.

“We are of opinion that all private maternity homes should be licensed annually by the local authority and that no licence be granted unless the home is properly and suitably [1214] equipped for the purpose, and that it was in charge of a respectable person trained in maternity care and nursing.

“267. From the Registrar-General's Report for 1924, it appears that one in every three illegitimate children born alive in 1924 died within one year of its birth, and that the mortality amongst these children is about five times as great as in other cases.
“268. It is high for many reasons, but there is one to which we wish specially to refer. The illegitimate child being proof of the mother's shame is, in most cases, sought to be hidden at all costs. What frequently happens is that the mother, or the mother's family, at the time the mother leaves the hospital or home, make arrangements with someone to take the child, either paying a lump sum down or undertaking to pay something from time to time.

“These arrangements are often made or connived at by those who carry on the poorer class of maternity homes, and the results to the child can be read in the mortality rates.
“If a lump sum is paid or if the periodical payment lapse, the child becomes an encumbrance on the foster mother, who has no interest in keeping it alive.”

At present there is no means of obtaining information as to the where abouts of the homes referred to by the Commission. Neither is there any power of inspecting them except that provided for the purposes of the Midwives (Ireland) Act, 1918, by Section 17 thereof. This section relates chiefly to the supervision of midwives. It is quite insufficient to insure the suitable and efficient management of the maternity home.

Rosemary Adaser - Press Coverage of mixed race story on The the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy

Here is the recent online press coverage following Rosemary's appearance on the Late Late Show this Friday:

EVOKE.IE - Outrage by the audience at the Late Late Show over the treatment in Mother and Baby homes

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THE IRISH EXAMINER - There has to be an end to this

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Rosemary Adaser on the Late Late Show

The courageous and open Rosemary Adaser has just finished her talk with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show this evening. The audience were mesmerized at hearing her stories of abuse in the institutions as a mixed race child.

She paid tribute to Catherine Corless who kept battling on, "scraping at the scab" until people believed her story about the remains of about 800 babies buried in a septic tank in Tuam next to a Mother and Baby Home run by the Bon Secour Nuns.

She went on to talk about how she was treated in St Joseph's Industrial school run by the Sisters of Charity in Kilkenny and the sexual abuse experienced there and the degradation meted out to her as if she were a "Savage".

Her foster parent, Brian Rothery,  joined the conversation later and spoke about the nuns dropping off this little mixed race girl with Afro hair  in the street outside Wynn's Hotel in Dublin Abbey Street at the age of 17 after having given birth to a baby. She looked as though she was "suffering from malnutrition" he said so it took some good cooking by his wife to get her back to good health but the trauma and psychological damage would remain.

Overall Ryan Tubridy was very sympathetic and allowed Rosemary the space to voice her experiences unchallenged. This is a breath of fresh air as normally people listen to her stories with incredulity. Brian Rothery, a novelist, also stressed that Rosemary has been consistent with her story over the years and stressed that these have been corroborated.

The story of mixed race babies being abandoned in Ireland with little chance of adoption is a story to be told and believed.

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, which is investigating the Tuam baby case, is also investigating how mixed race babies were treated in these institutions.

The work that AMRI (Association of Mixed Race Irish) do is about raising awarness of mixed race issues and advocating on behalf of Ireland's mixed race community.

Watch RTE here:

Here is the Guardian Video: