Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Why make an application to the Commission of Investigation?

The team are back at the burial site in Tuam, the excavation has resumed. This move has gone largely under the radar. I don't see any reports in the media except a tweet by Kevin Higgins on Feb.1st. If the work has begun again there's more to be discovered.

It's hugely important then that people who have had experiences regarding the Mother and Baby Homes come forward with their accounts. Firstly, it validates the Inquiry. Secondly, some accounts might just qualify another persons evidence (when more than one person delivers similar information  it strengthens the story. It makes it more believable.) Giving an account for the first time might be a horrific experience for the teller but living with it untold, is worse. Pretending it didn't happen doesn't make it go away, it only increases mental and physical anguish. Buried secrets have a way of coming to the surface regardless. 
Thirdly, it affords people the opportunity to reclaim their own sense of power and self worth. By talking about the things that have happened to us, we take control of our lives. In doing so it's important to let go of any expectation - the experience of sharing the story may be enough. That's the trick to self-healing. You will be heard in the correct context. As mentioned in an earlier post, please seek counselling and support during this process.

Other recent and significant tweets about the Tuam Mother and Baby Home by Kevin Higgins.
In our High Crt action today Mr Justice Richard Humhpreys asked Tusla 2 consider Catherine Corless as person to examine records

In the High Court today we convinced Mr Justice Humphreys to direct Tusla to finally write to the Bon Secours re burial records
Confidential Freephone 1800 80-66-88 (ROI only)
To make a confidential call to the Commission from outside of the Republic of Ireland, the number to dial is 00 353 1 6445088.
The opening hours for the Confidential phone line are as follows:
Monday to Friday (excluding Irish Bank Holidays)
10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.
By email at: info@mbhcoi.ie 
By Post: Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation
73 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, D02 N773.
or
P.O. Box 12626, Dublin 2
The identity of any person who meets with the Confidential Committee will not be revealed. Please note that the closing date for applications to meet the Confidential Committee is Wednesday, 1 March 2017.#tuamspiritbabies #tuambabies

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