Mother and baby homes

Clare Bailey calls for justice for victims & survivors of mother and baby homes

Thursday 15th June 2017

Clare Bailey MLA stood today in solidarity with Birth Mothers and Their Children for Justice NI protest outside of the Good Shepherd Sisters home and has called for a public inquiry into Northern Ireland’s former mother and baby homes.

The South Belfast MLA said: “The victims and survivors of the mother and baby homes have gone too long without justice.”

“Their exclusion from the Historical Abuse Inquiry was wrong and has only added to their suffering. Our government has a human rights obligation under international law to investigate these allegations of systemic abuse.”

“Through the commission in the Republic of Ireland we have learnt of the suffering that these women and babies went through but Northern Ireland was also complicit in this abuse. In South Belfast we have the former Laundry and Mother and Baby Home run by the Good Shepherd Sisters where it has been uncovered that 42 babies and infants died in one year.”

The South Belfast MLA concluded: “I want to pay tribute to the mothers and children who have never given up on their fight for justice. Either Stormont or Westminster must give these victims and survivors the truth and accountability that they deserve.”

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