Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data (‘Clann’) is a joint initiative by Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) and JFM Research (JFMR). The purpose of Clann is to help establish the truth of what happened to unmarried mothers and their children in 20th century Ireland.
Clann will also anonymise shared statements, and will gather documentary and archival materials, in order to make a public group report to (1) the Commission of Investigation, (2) the Irish Government, and (3) international human rights bodies.
Clann will also disseminate archival and contemporary documentary materials via this website.
As part of the Clann initiative, ARA and JFMR are working with Hogan Lovells, a global law firm which is providing pro bono (free) assistance to us in compiling statements, documentary materials and legal analysis.
You can find detailed information here on how Clann can assist you and how you can contribute to the Clann group report if you wish. We also strongly encourage you to read our Guide to the Commission of Investigation which is available here.
The Clann project is led by Maeve O’Rourke and Claire McGettrick (hereafter ‘the Clann Project Team’), who have developed its policies and procedures in cooperation with Hogan Lovells over the past year. They have overall responsibility for the administration and coordination of the project. Where there are any changes to the Project Team, this document will be revised to reflect those changes.
JFMR and ARA are committed to ensuring that the confidentiality of witnesses is upheld and we therefore undertake to strictly adhere to our Ethical Protocols, which are available here. Read more on their website - http://clannproject.org