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Bessborough survivor cites ‘inaccuracies’ in report



A woman who was born in the Bessborough mother and baby home has said that there were “10 glaring inaccuracies” in her testimony which was included in the report published on Tuesday.

Noelle Brown told RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne that her testimony had arrived in the post on Wednesday after she had pushed for a copy of it to be sent to her.

The questions included in the report “looked like they were written by nuns in the 60s”, she added.

The tone of the questions centred around religious affiliations and social class while some were “inappropriate”, she said.

Her responses had been “shoe horned” into the report and made to look like she had answered many more questions.

A major inaccuracy was that the report said she was raised by her birth parents, which was not the case.

‘Wasted effort’

Participating in the report had been “a wasted effort”, she said. She had done so in an effort to find out if she was subjected to vaccine trials. She knew of people who had the scars to show that they had been involved in such trials.

“Details are very important to adopted people. These are our stories.”


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Ms Brown, an artist and adoption rights activist, said she felt “raw” after Tuesday’s publication of the commission’s findings. She said her sentiments were “not helped” by inaccuracies in her testimony to the commission.

This was not a survivor centred approach as had been claimed by the Minister, she said. The survivors still felt stigmatised.

The Government was out of step with society, they were not taking the temperature of the feelings of society who supported the survivors, she said.

Mr Brown said the only apology she wants is for the Government to acknowledge “collusion with the Catholic Church that has brought about this absolute horror in Irish history … we are still being denied our identity, we are still stigmatised, we are still othered”.

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Revenue seize €32,000-worth of drugs at Dublin Mail Centre



Revenue have seized drugs worth an estimates €32,000 at the Dublin Mail Centre today as part of routine profiling.

Over 1.5kg of illegal drugs, including herbal cannabis and cannabis infused ‘jelly sweets’ were discovered with the assistance of detector dogs Bailey and Sam.

Revenue detector dog, Sam.

The drugs were found in parcels which had come from the US and UK which had been declared as clothing, tea, a backpack, an incense burner, and a candle set.

The parcels were being sent to various addresses in Dublin, Offaly, Kilkenny, Clare and Kildare.

Revenue say investigations are ongoing and anyone with information regarding smuggling is asked to contact the Revenue Confidential Line on 1800 295 295.

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Ireland faces ‘indefinite lockdown’ without further vaccine supplies, TD claims



A Government TD has said Ireland faces an “indefinite lockdown” unless the State can secure more doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Marc MacSharry has urged his Government colleagues to break with the European Union’s purchase system and to try obtain more doses directly from the companies involved.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said the Government intends to offer all citizens in Ireland a vaccine by September.

However, his Fianna Fáil party colleague Mr MacSharry does not believe the goal can be achieved with current number of doses expected.

“I want us to do the old-fashioned — lift the phone, secure supplies, and if they want €70 a dose, give it to them,” Mr MacSharry said.

“Otherwise, you’re looking forward to a fourth wave, an indefinite lockdown, and that is no good to any of us.”

The Republic has now administered 121,900 jabs of a Covid-19 vaccine, equating to 2.5 per cent of the population.

European Union leaders are meeting by video conference on Thursday to discuss a target of vaccinating 70 per cent of the bloc’s population by the summer.


The HSE’s chief Paul Reid told a weekly briefing that the country’s vaccination programme provided a roadmap for getting out of the pandemic.

However, he criticised some hospitals who have administered leftover vaccines to people other than their employees.


Ireland ‘nowhere near’ easing Level 5 but schools…

“There has been much reporting this week of a smaller number of incidents and cases where some people have been vaccinated in a manner or certainly in a sequence that didn’t comply with the agreed sequencing,” Mr Reid said.

“I want to be very clear — this shouldn’t have happened, and nobody could have been confused or needed further clarity in terms of the agreed sequencing for the vaccines.”

Meanwhile, the Tánaiste has said that Ireland is “nowhere near where we need to be at present” to consider easing Level 5 restrictions.

Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that the numbers surrounding Covid-19 were too high to consider lifting restrictions in the short-term, but that did not mean schools could not reopen in February.

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