Resources

ACCESS TO INFORMATION and records

Resources for adopted people and natural mothers/family members

If you are adopted and would like to obtain your birth certificate and personal data, please visit this link to download the Adoption Rights Alliance Information Guide.

If you gave evidence to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes  and would like to obtain your personal data from the Commission archive, LLM candidates at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUIG and Article 8 Advocacy* have developed information and resources on making applications to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: https://datasubject.ie/mbh/ 

*The guide was written by James Conroy, Andrea Quinlan and Annmarie Townsend, LLM candidates at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, with input from Loughlin O’Nolan and Cassie Roddy-Mullineaux of Article Eight Advocacy.

If you have applied to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth for your personal data and you have received a letter telling you your Health Data can only be provided to your doctor, Simon McGarr of McGarr Solicitors has developed a sample letter in response to these refusals. See: https://www.mcgarrsolicitors.ie/2021/06/11/sample-letter-in-response-to-dept-of-children-refusal-to-provide-health-data-in-response-to-mother-and-baby-home-survivor-data-subject-access-request/

We also encourage adopted people, natural parents and relatives to register with the National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR), which is run by the Adoption Authority of Ireland and which is available here: https://aai.gov.ie/en/who-we-are/information-and-tracing.html 

Resources for Magdalene survivors and their relatives

The main aim of Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) is to provide for the advancement of education of the general public by researching the Magdalene Laundries and similar institutions and by providing information and support to the women who spent time in the Magdalene Laundries and their families.  There are a number of self-help guides available on our website and links are provided below.

RESOURCES FOR industrial and reformatory school SURVIVORS

The My Data Rights website aims to assist survivors of Irish Industrial and Reformatory Schools to use the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to access their personal information, including records of the testimony that they gave to a previous inquiry or redress process.

Click here to read the My Data Rights Information Guides on:

  • Making a Data Subject Access Request, and
  • Making a Complaint to the Data Protection Commission.

General Resources

Click here to download our Guide to the Commission of Investigation

Click here to download a one-page version of Clann’s Ethical Protocols

Click here to download the full version of Clann’s Ethical Protocols

Click here to download the Clann Consent Form

Click here to download the Clann Information Form (still available for information purposes only)

Commission of investigation resources

You can visit the website of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation here. The Commission has a number of documents which are available on request but not all of these appear to be downloadable from the Commission’s website at present. Therefore, we have uploaded the materials which we have to this website. JFM Research, Adoption Rights Alliance and Hogan Lovells are not responsible for the content of these documents.

 investigation committee
Confidential Committee

Confused about the differences between the Confidential Committee and the Investigation Committee? Please visit our Commission of Investigation FAQ page here for further information.