Gardaí issue new appeal to mother and baby home survivors to report abuse
It’s not too late to tell your story.
An Garda Síochána has issued a fresh appeal to anyone who wishes to report a crime relating to their stay at a mother and baby home to contact them.
According to a statement issued by An Garda Síochána this afternoon, a dedicated team has reviewed the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission to determine whether the 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. The report is anonymised and any proper investigation would not be possible without the 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.”
There are a number of ways to contact An Garda Síochána:
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 will deal with any matters reported by complainants in a sensitive manner and will, where possible, progress matters through investigation.” said a spokesperson.
Anyone contacting An Garda Síochána on such matters will receive personal contact within 48 hours. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is expected to discuss the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Report at a public meeting of the Policing Authority later today.