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Liveline Tuesday 10 June 2014



Noel reacts to the announcement by the Minister for Children, Charles Flanagan, that the Government will be establishing a statutory Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes throughout the State. He feels that it is vital that academics be involved in the process and that it should not become a "gravy train" for the legal profession.

Paddy was born in Sean Ross mother and baby home in 1948. He was put into Artane industrial school. After many years he was delighted to discover a brother he never knew he had. His brother lives in Australia. They reconnected and visited each other. He tells Joe that he got bad news this morning.

Catherine says that it wasn't just orphans who were put into care. Her grandfather James and his eldest daughter Mary were working in America to earn money to bring the rest of the family over. In Ireland his wife died leaving behind 6 children. By the time James returned from America, his entire family had been put into care on foot of a court order. It devastated her grandfather. She tells Joe her story.

Fiona runs a vintage shop in Dublin City Centre. She is working in fear. She has noticed a serious increase in attempted robberies and threatening behaviour towards herself and other staff. She has been assaulted and been left bruised with a broken tooth.

Matthew O'Reilly is a former resident of Letterfrack and Dangain. He went before the Residential Institutions Redress board and received compensation. He is now trying to get funding for Third Level Education. He tells Joe about his experience with Cara Nua.

Mother and Baby Homes

We hear more stories from listeners.

Crime in Dublin City Centre

We hear from Fiona who has been experiencing a spate of theft in her shop recently.


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