Friday, 13 April 2018

Mother and Baby panel boycott

Fintan Dunne of Irish First Mothers (IFM) has left the selection panel established by Katherine Zappone, the children’s minister, which is working out the membership and scope of a forthcoming collaborative forum.  Dunne, who is IFM's political adviser resigned on Wednesday at the panel's second meeting.  He claims the 'debate was shut down' and differing viewpoints had not  been recorded in the Minutes of the first meeting
Article in Times UK  - 'Mother and Baby Panel Boycott'

Bonnie Kavannagh's tiny porcelain hearts

Bonnie Kavanagh holds her collection of tiny porcelain hearts. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A child therapist turned fine arts student has created a collection of tiny porcelain hearts as a tribute to the babies of Tuam.
Mature student Bonnie Kavanagh, from Dublin, said her work was an attempt to acknowledge and recognise the loss of so many young lives who ended up buried in a mass grave at the site of a former mother and baby home in the Co Galway town.
The white hearts exhibit is one of a series of ceramic and glass pieces of art now on show in Dublin's Gallery Zozimus.
They are the creation of students from the National College of Art and Design.
Ms Kavanagh, a former child psychotherapist who is now doing a degree in fine arts specialising in ceramics, said the story of the Tuam babies resonated with her.