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1/3 Re/ #MotherAndBabyHome regarding overseas #Adoption of Irish Children (dated 31/5/1951) twenty months before law was in place (Jan 1953) to allow for adoption. This correspondence relates to #Castlepollard “home” and contact with American Embassy with regard 2adopting a child Image
“It was our opinion that the mother of the child could not alienate her natural right to bring up her own child, that her surrender of her child to a convent .. + was alright as far as it went but that if she was to take it back the Court in this country would uphold her” 2/3 Image
The author of this Memo Joe Horon explained that a “foreign decree of adoption valid in the country where it was given would be recognised as valid by our courts in the same way as a valid Decree of Divorce”

It’s clear the State knew it was the mothers right to rear her child /3
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1/8 Yesterday #UniversityOfLimerick bestowed honorary doctorates on 4 inspirational individuals. One recipient, Ms Terry Prone received the award “Honorary Doctor of Letters”. Some of you will recall this piece received by Saskia Weber who made enquiries about #TuamBabies in 2014 Image
At the outset Ms. Prone remarked “when the O My God, mass grave in West of Ireland broke in an English-owned paper (The Mail) it surprised the hell out of everybody, not least the Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland, none of whom had ever worked in Tuam and most of whom had” 2/8
never heard of it” If you come here you’ll find no mass grave,” etc etc The citation for her award by UL President states “politics can be a difficult business, often laden with spin, but Terry Prone has always brought a deep sense of integrity to her work. 3/8 Image
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THREAD #motherandbabyhomesreport is an example of classic whitewash.
the techniques are widely known; narrow the scope & limit the enquiry. Used to great effect in Hillsborough, Bloody Sunday & Grenfell. So what appears to be an open, honest, legal, proper & well-meaning
effort is in fact a smokescreen for a concerted effort to above all else, protect the institutions involved. Our former Minister for Children, Catherine Zappone, it would appear, tried valiantly to do this properly. She oversaw the Tuam Babies excavation which confirmed that tiny
human remains were buried underground in a mass unmarked grave. She spoke of how difficult the process would be, politically, legally & technically to exhume all the bodies. She asked the pope during his visit if the religious orders would pay reparations. It would appear she did
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Crocheting in style at @theshelbourne, #crochet

I've joined two squares of Irish crochet for "Stitched With Love" who are making a commemorative blanket of white squares to remember the 796 babies who died in Tuam mother & baby home. @5lampsartsfest #TuamBabies @PaulOMahony #796 Image
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