In 2015, the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters was established by the Government to provide a full account of what happened to the women and children in these homes from 1922 to 1998.
Earlier this year, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth became the data controller for all the personal data contained in the Commission’s records and databases.
This Department is now responsible for protecting and fulfilling important rights of the individuals who are identified or identifiable in the Mother and Baby Homes (MBH) records. These rights are recognised in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union.
If you were a:
• Former resident of one of the homes;
• Relative of the former residents, including adoptive family members;
• Mother and Baby Home employee or service provider;
• Person who gave evidence to the Confidential Committee;
• Member of a religious order associated with the MBHs;
• Healthcare Professional associated with the MBHs;
• State official associated with the MBHs;
You are invited to come forward and provide your up-to-date contact details. That way, if we receive a request under GDPR seeking information which includes some of your data, we will be able to make contact with you so that we can take your views into account.
Please email us, write to us or call us with:
• Your name,
• Details about how you might be identified in the Mother and Baby Home archive
• Your preferred contact details
Address for letters
Information Management Unit.
Dept of Children, Equality, Disability, Integrati on and Youth,
Please be assured that your information will be maintained securely and only seen or used by those processing data protection requests. Please visit our website Transfer of records from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation
for further information in relation to the types of data the Department holds and how that data is used by the Department. This website also provides information on how to make a Subject Access Request, should you wish to do so.
Please be aware that this notice relates to Subject Access Requests under GDPR only and not to the Proposed Birth Information and Tracing General Scheme and Heads of Bill that was published by the Minister on 11 May 2021. That Scheme must pass through the Houses of the Oireachtas before it becomes law. In the meantime, applications to the Archive held by the Department can be made by submitting a subject access request. Further information in relation to the Birth Information and Tracing legislation is available at Minister O’Gorman publishes proposed Birth Information and Tracing Legislation