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17/09/2021

Gardaí appeal to anyone who wishes to report a Mother and Baby Home crime to get in touch

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Anyone who wishes to report a mother and baby home crime is encouraged to do so

An Garda Síochána has appealed to anyone who wishes to report a crime relating to a pregnancy and/or abuse involving their stay at a Mother and Baby Home to contact them.

To support the reporting of such crimes a dedicated email address is in place - MotherandBabyHomes@garda.ie, along with a confidential freephone number – 1800 555 222.

Anyone contacting An Garda Síochána on such matters will receive personal contact within 48 hours.
 
An Garda Síochána say they are fully aware of the profound impact on the lives of those who were in Mother and Baby Homes and the concerns of the wider public on how Mother and Baby Homes operated.
 
An Garda Síochána is inviting anyone who was the victim of a criminal act arising out of the Mother and Baby Homes, or who has information likely to assist an investigation into a criminal act committed at a Mother and Baby Home, to please come forward and report this.
 
For the purpose of reporting to An Garda Síochána, the following options are available:
 
1.       By emailing MotherandBabyHomes@garda.ie
2.       By phoning the Garda Child Sexual Abuse Reporting Line on 1800 555 222. This is a confidential and free service available 24/7
3.       Calling to your local Garda Station
 
An Garda Síochána are assuring people that they will deal with any matters reported by complainants in a sensitive manner and will, where possible, progress matters through investigation. 
 
A spokesperson said: "While it is our intention to effectively deal with all complaints and information received, there will be limitations as to the action we can take in some cases due to matters such as the loss of evidence over time or suspects and/or witnesses being deceased.

"Where these factors are present, An Garda Síochána will diligently explain such limitations to complainants."
 
A dedicated team in An Garda Síochána has reviewed the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission to determine whether information in the report could form the basis for commencing criminal investigations.
 
"Having carefully considered the Commission Report, An Garda Síochána is of the view that there is insufficient detail in the report to commence criminal investigation at this moment," said the spokesperson.

"The report is anonymised and any proper investigation would not be possible without identification of individual parties affected by specific occurrences.
 
"As such, An Garda Síochána is appealing to anyone with information about crimes at Mother and Baby Homes to make contact with them so that such crimes can be investigated where possible."

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