Mother and Baby Homes Redress Scheme

Coleman Legal is currently engaging with members of the community in order to assist with pre-application enquiries in advance of the 2022 redress 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

Email: info@colemanlegal.ie

Mother and Baby Homes Redress Scheme

The Government has now announced the terms and broad details of the redress scheme which is due to open in 2022.

Below we have provided details as they apply to the community. The Payment Scheme is described in detail, and many frequently asked questions concerning the scheme are answered below.

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 the preparation of all necessary documentation related to the mother and baby homes payment scheme and will expedite the application process on your behalf.

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Mother and baby homes redress scheme details

Redress Scheme for Mothers

It has been announced that any mother who spent time in a mother and baby institution in Ireland for any duration of time will be eligible for redress/compensation. This is a welcome change to what the Commission had been recommending (which was that redress would only arise for those having spent more than 6 months and would only extend to those who went in prior to 1974.

Redress will arise if the person resided in one of the 14 mother and baby homes or any of the States County homes. Unfortunately at this time redress is not being extended beyond that to other institutions.

List of institutions eligible for the scheme.

The compensation levels go up depending on residency. See attached for detailed figures. The compensation starts at €5,000 and goes up after 3 months to €10,000. There are additional payments if the person engaged in what is termed as ‘commercial work’.

This has not been clearly set out by the government as yet but it is likely to include persons who worked outside of the home or those who engaged in work inside the home of a commercial nature, i.e this might include making items that are to be sold by the religious order to third parties.

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

If you would like to, please fill out our contact form below and someone from the team will be in touch with you:

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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    Redress scheme for children/adoptee’s

    The Mother and Baby Homes Redress scheme has dealt a serious blow to adoptees and children residents of these institutions. For the time being at least, there is a residency requirement (minimum 6 months) before the person will be eligible for redress. The rates will be the same as for the mothers once the residency requirement is satisfied.

    Unfortunately, redress at this time is not being extended beyond that to other institutions not included in the list. See the link for a list of the institutions. List of institutions eligible for the scheme.

    Even if you are not likely to be included in the scheme because of residency requirements or because your institution isn’t on the list, Coleman Legal would still like to hear from you.

    We may be able to assist by will reviewing your particular circumstances and providing some input on what options may be available to you.

    Similar to the redress for mothers there is provision also for a medical card and the application for redress can be made at the same time.

    One positive to be taken from the proposals for adoptees is is that anyone who was in St Patrick’s (Navan Road/Pelletstown) will be eligible be able to apply to the scheme provided they didn’t get redress in the Residential Redress Scheme of 2002.

    If you would like to, please fill out our contact form below and someone from the team will be in touch with you

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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

      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.

        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.

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        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, 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.