ACCESS TO INFORMATION and records
Resources for adopted people and natural mothers/family members
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.
- Survivor Guide to Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme
- Supplementary Guide to the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme
- Research Guide for Magdalene Survivors
- Research Guide for Relatives of Magdalene Women
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.
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.
- Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation
- List of institutions in the Commission’s current Terms of Reference
- Information for Witnesses at the Investigation Committee
- Investigation Committee Rules and Procedures
- Application Form to Meet the Confidential Committee
- Information for Witnesses at the 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.