Mother and Baby Homes Payment Scheme

On the 12th of July 2022, the Oireachtas recommended that the 6-month residency requirement be dropped. Get in contact now if you fall into this category.

Coleman Legal is currently assisting all eligible persons who were resident in one or a number of the Mother and Baby Institutions in Ireland in preparation for the redress/compensation scheme.

Kindly complete the ‘Request a callback form below if you would like to see if you are eligible to apply for the scheme.

How can we help?

Norman Spicer is the lead solicitor assisting members of the survivor community with all matters surrounding the mother and baby homes redress and adoption

Free Phone: 1800 844 104

Redress scheme for Mother and Baby Homes survivors

The approved Government Proposals for the Mother and Baby Homes Payment Scheme were published on November 16, 2021.

This followed the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Mother and Baby Homes which had been posted on the 12th of January 2021.

The Scheme provides for a general payment that increases will increase based on the length of stay at the Institution. Additional payments will also be paid to mothers who carried out commercial work while in the Institution.

This will also apply to young mothers who were under 18 during their stay. There is also a provision for a medical card, and the application for redress can be made at the same time.

How Coleman Legal can help?

  • Coleman Legal is currently gathering information from survivors that will assist in processing your applications for Mother and Baby Homes Redress Scheme.
  • We will support you in accessing your historical records. (This is likely to be a key requirement)
  • We will consult and assist in preparing all necessary documentation related to the mother and baby homes payment scheme and will expedite the application process on your behalf.
  • We will keep you informed of the latest developments in the scheme as they arise by way of a newsletter.

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Mother and baby homes payment scheme details

Mother and Baby Payment Scheme – For Mothers

The Commission had recommended that redress only arises for those having spent more than 6 months* and that only those who were resident before 1974 be eligible.

Fortunately, the government has not restricted the scheme to either duration of stay or the timeframe of residency for mothers.

Any mother who spent time in one of the 14 mother and baby homes or any of the States County homes is now eligible.

*Please note that on the 12th of July 2022, the Oireachtas recommended that this requirement be dropped from the scheme

Mother and Baby Payment Scheme for Children/Adoptee

In a move that will be devastating for many, the Government has imposed a minimum residency requirement of six months* applicable in order to meet eligibility criteria. The rates will be the same as for the mothers once the residency requirement is satisfied.

*Please note that on the 12th of July 2022 the Oireachtas recommended that this requirement be dropped from the scheme

Medical Cards for Mother and Baby Home Survivors

The Government has advised that an enhanced medical card will be provided to all who were residents in a Mother and Baby Home or County Home for six months or more. Those living abroad will have the option to accept a one-off payment of €3,000 in lieu of a medical card if they so wish.

To speak with one of our mother and baby homes redress solicitors, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.

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    Mother and Baby Homes Redress Compensation / Payment Distribution

    The draft compensation amounts published to date set out a starting figure for a redress of €5,000.

    This amount* would apply to all mothers** who were residents for up to 3 months in the institution, with the amount going up to €10,000 for those between 3 and 6 months of residency.

    These amounts would go up if a commercial work payment were to be applied***

    All of our clients receive a monthly newsletter which keeps our clients up to date on the events. We will apprise all of our clients if and when these amounts are increased.

    *As of the 12th of July 2022, the Oireachtas has recommended that the amounts of redress be increased in line with redress schemes of the past. No more recent figures are available at this time.

    **As of the 12th of July 2022, the Oireachtas has recommended that the 6-month rule for adoptees residency be dropped.

    ***This is on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of work undertaken. Contact us now to see if you are eligible for the additional minimum €1,500 (and up to €60,000 depending on the duration of your stay at the institution).

    The proposed payments for the Mother and Baby Homes Redress Scheme are as follows:

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    List of mother and baby homes in Ireland eligible for the Redress Scheme:

    Mother and Baby Homes investigated by the Commission:

    • St Patrick’s / Pelletstown, Navan Road, Dublin 7
    • The Tuam Children’s Home, Tuam, Co. Galway
    • Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, Cork
    • Manor House, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath
    • Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
    • Árd Mhuire, Dunboyne, Co. Meath
    • Bethany Home, Dublin
    • Denny House, Dublin
    • Miss Carr’s Flatlets, Dublin
    • The Regina Coeli Hostel, Dublin
    • The Castle, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal
    • The County Clare Nursery, Kilrush, Co. Clare
    • Belmont Flatlets, Dublin
    • St. Gerard’s, Dublin

    *Please note that on the 12th of July 2022 the Oireachtas recommended that the following institutions should be included.

    • St. Patrick’s Guild
    • Temple Hill
    • St Josephs – Stamullen
    • St. Annes – Stamullen
    • West Bank – Greystones

    To speak with one of our mother and baby homes redress solicitors, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.

    List of Mother and Baby Homes institution in Ireland Coleman Legal LLP

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    Exclusion to the mother and baby homes payment scheme*

    One of the main issues that have caused considerable upset and distress is the exclusion of infants who spent less than six months* in a particular institution.

    *Please note that on the 12th of July 2022, the Oireachtas recommended that the below institutions should be included.

    We confirm that we have written to the Minister for Children, Mr. Roderic O’Gorman highlighting to him our client’s concerns. We have also written to him to highlight the omission of many institutions from the scheme and to request engagement with him to broaden the applicable institution list.

    Since the government announcement has been made we have become aware of the exclusion of certain institutions which include among others

    • West Bank orphanage Greystones County Wicklow,
    • Temple Hill Blackrock County Dublin,
    • Saint Patrick’s Guild in Blackrock,
    • Saint Annes and Saint Joseph’s homes Stammullen County Meath.

    Other areas of concern to ourselves and our clients are the position of ill or frail people who qualify for payment but may not be in a position to do so themselves. We are also receiving queries on behalf of applicants who lack capacity and may not be in a position to deal with their own affairs.

    The exclusion of those residents who died prior to the 13th of January 2021 is also a cause of concern for many people.

    The report into the mother and baby homes was commissioned in 2015 and it is our contention that the scheme should cover those people who are alive at the time of the commissioning of the report. This has all been set out in our submission to the minister.

    It is hoped that in having contacted the Minister raising these concerns that respect and dignity for all those who have been affected by the infamous mother and baby home system can be achieved.

    It is hoped that the minister will engage in a meaningful way with the representatives of this vulnerable group of people.

    To speak with one of our mother and baby homes redress solicitors, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.

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      Do I need a solicitor for the mother and baby Homes payment scheme application?

      Yes, every applicant to the mother and baby homes payment scheme will need a solicitor as part of the application process.

      This comes in the form of legal advice (the costs of which are paid for by the scheme). This is necessary for executing a valid legal waiver.

      This is advice about bringing an action to the Court and the implications of accepting redress to the applicant’s constitutional right of access to the Courts.

      Those accepting payments under the Scheme will be asked to sign a legal waiver stating that they will not then pursue the State through the courts. It is important that all applicants to the Scheme obtain legal advice regarding the implications of the legal waiver.

      How we can help?

      Coleman Legal has been working with many clients over the past five years who have been residents in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes, both as mothers and as children.

      We are currently liaising with our clients on the recent announcement and are reviewing documents received from our clients. Anybody who has not filled out paperwork will be asked to do so. These forms can be emailed or posted out to you for convenience. This will allow us to get your paperwork ready so that no time is wasted when the scheme opens. We will prepare your application to the Scheme on your behalf and submit it to the State body administering it.

      Applications & Documents

      It is also important to note that records evidencing your time at the institution will be needed as part of the application. These are generally available through Tusla at this link.

      Legal Fees

      Coleman Legal will not charge our clients a fee for handling their applications to The Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme or for any other associated works or advice.

      To speak with one of our mother and baby homes redress solicitors, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        Who will qualify for the redress scheme?

        It is estimated that 34,000 survivors will be eligible for the redress scheme.

        If you are a mother who spent time in one of the 14 mother and baby homes or any of the County homes, you will be eligible for redress.

        The redress will increase if the period of residency exceeded three months.

        An additional payment will also be made if you did  ‘commercial work’ during your time in there. You may also qualify for a medical card.

        If you are a person who spent a minimum of 6 months* as a child in one of these institutions then you will be entitled to redress. You may also qualify for a medical card.

        *Please note that on the 12th of July 2022 the Oireachtas recommended that this requirement be dropped from the scheme

        When is the scheme opening?

        The scheme is due to open for applications in 2022. At this stage, it is not possible to give a definite timeline. We await further announcements from Government.

        How do I apply for the scheme?

        The exact application requirements are not yet known.  At this stage, we are asking anyone who requires assistance to fill out our info sheet at this link and we will contact you to discuss.

        To speak with one of our mother and baby homes redress solicitors, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.

        News & Updates

        Mother and baby homes survivors redress 

        Coleman Legal is supporting those affected by advising in relation to the recently announced Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme. We will be gathering our client’s information now and submitting applications once the Scheme opens.

        To speak with one of our mother and baby homes redress solicitors, contact Susan Hannon or call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.

        *In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with RE.8 of SI 518 of 2002.