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Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters was established by Government in 2015 to provide a full account of what happened to women and children in these homes during the period 1922 to 1998.

The terms of reference for the Commission are set out in the order establishing the Commission (SI No.57 0f 2015): S.I. No. 57 of 2015.

The scope of the Commission's remit is broad, and includes several specific areas of practice and procedure in the care, welfare, entry arrangements and exit pathways for the women and children who were residents of the named 14 institutions and a representative sample of County identified for investigation.

The Commission is independent in the conduct of its investigations and comprises of Judge Yvonne Murphy (Chair), Dr William Duncan, and Professor Mary E Daly.

To date the Commission has produced 5 Interim Reports:

If you wish to contact the Commission you can do so by email at or by their confidential Freephone numbers 1800 8066889 (ROI only) and +353-1-644-5088 (outside ROI). The Commissions website is

Any person seeking adoption information and tracing services may wish to contact TUSLA by phone at 01 7718500 or by email at

If you wish to contact the Department in relation to Mother and Baby Homes you can reach the Mother and Baby Home Investigation Unit at +353-1-647-3200.

For information relating to the Collaborative Forum for former residents of Mother and Baby Homes and those with comparable experiences in a County Home: Collaborative Forum

For all statements, Ministerial speeches and press releases relating to Mother and Baby homes: Statements/Speeches/Press Releases

For the Department's monthly update on issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes: Monthly Updates