Mother & Baby Homes Payment 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 we can help?

Norman Spicer is the lead solicitor assisting members of the survivor community with all matters surrounding the mother and baby homes, and redress scheme issued by the Government.

Free Phone 1800 844 104

Email: info@colemanlegal.ie

Introduction

Redress scheme for Mother and Baby Homes survivors

The approved Government Proposals for the Mother and Baby Homes Payment Scheme was 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.
  • Coleman Legal is accepting your queries by phone, email, website, and all our social media platforms: 1800 844 104 (Free phone)
  • Coleman Legal will support you in accessing your historical records. (This is likely to be a key requirement)
  • Coleman Legal 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.
Please select the date of your enquiry

Mother and Baby Homes Payment Distribution

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

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

County Homes

  • Carlow
  • Cavan
  • Clare (Ennis)
  • Cork (City)
  • Cork (Midleton)
  • Cork (Clonakilty)
  • Cork (Fermoy)
  • Donegal (Stranorlar)
  • Dublin
  • Galway (Loughrea)
  • Kerry (Killarney)
  • Kildare (Athy)
  • Kilkenny (Thomastown)
  • Laois (Mountmellick)
  • Leitrim (Carrick-on-Shannon)
  • Limerick (Newcastlewest)
  • Limerick (City Home and Hospital)
  • Longford
  • Mayo (Castlebar)
  • Meath (Trim)
  • Monaghan (Castleblayney)
  • Offaly (Tullamore)
  • Roscommon
  • Sligo
  • Tipperary North (Thurles)
  • Tipperary South (Cashel)
  • Waterford (Dungarvan)
  • Westmeath (Mullingar)
  • Wexford (Enniscorthy)

Other names

  • Sacred Heart Home and Hospital, Carlow
  • St. Felim’s County Home and Hospital, Cavan
  • ClSt. Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis
  • Cork County Home and District St. Finbarr’s
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Home, Middleton
  • Mount Carmel Home, Clonakilty
  • St. Patrick’s Hospital, Fermoy
  • St. Joseph’s Home, Stranorlar
  • St. Kevin’s Institution (Initially the Dublin Union)
  • St. Brendan’s Home, Loughrea
  • St. Columbanus Home, Killarney
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athy
  • St. Columba’s County Home, Thomastown
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick
  • St. Patrick’s Home, Carrick-on-Shannon
  • St. Ita’s Home, Newcastlewest
  • St. Camillus Hospital, Limerick
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital, Longford
  • Sacred Heart Home, Castlebar
  • St. Joseph’s Home, Trim
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Castleblayney
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital, Tullamore
  • St. John’s Hospital, Sligo
  • St. John’s Hospital, Sligo
  • Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles
  • St. Patrick’s Hospital, Cashel
  • St. John’s Hospital, Dungarvan
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Mullingar
  • St. John’s Hospital, Enniscorthy

Exclusion to the 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. 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 includes 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.

Mother and Baby Homes Payment Scheme Details

Mother and Baby Payment Scheme – For Mothers

The Commission had recommended that redress only arise 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 on either duration of stay or on 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.

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.

Medical Cards for Mother and Baby Home Survivors

The Government have 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.

Do I need a Solicitor for 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.

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?

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.

MBH Team

Mother and Baby Home 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 solicitors call 1800 844104 (free phone) or complete our online enquiry form.

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