Updated: Apr 5
The partner charities of Fréa (Irish Community Care based in Liverpool, Irish Community Care Manchester and Leeds Irish Health and Homes) are reaching out to people who have lived in a Mother and Baby or County Home Institution in the Republic of Ireland. The institutions accommodated unmarried mothers, and their children from 1922; the last one was closed in 1998.
Following the discovery of the remains of around 800 children at the St Mary's Mother and Baby Home in Tuam Co. Galway in 2014, the Irish Government launched a Commission of Investigation into the running of Mother and Baby and County Homes as well as the wider role of the Irish state in the matter. The report was launched on January 2021. A state apology was delivered the following day.
Many of the women and children now live in England. Fréa are working with former residents and family members to offer information and support with:
Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022 which provides right of access to birth certificates, birth, early life information and tracing family.
Applying to the Payment Scheme opening in 2023 for Mothers and Children who have lived in specific institutions - full list available here.
Fréa is holding an Information Session in the O’ Meara Suite at Leeds Irish Centre on Tuesday 11th April, starting at 6pm.
The event is free, but if you wish to obtain a ticket for the event please click here.
There will also be space available for people to attend without a ticket.
If you cannot attend the event but wish to be informed about its content or for further information please contact,
Fréa Programme Co-ordinator, Patrick Rodgers
Mob: 07432 138682
All contact and discussions will be treated in the strictest confidence.