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Frequently Asked Questions

What Institutions are being investigated?

(1) Mother and Baby Homes as follows:1
    1) Ard Mhuire, Dunboyne, Co Meath;

    2) Belmont (Flatlets), Belmont Ave, Dublin 4;

    3) Bessboro House, Blackrock, Cork;

    4) Bethany Home, originally Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 and from 1934 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6;

    5) Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway;

    6) Denny House, Eglinton Rd, Dublin 4, originally Magdalen Home, 8 Lower Leeson St, Dublin 2;

    7) Kilrush, Cooraclare Rd, Co. Clare;

    8) Manor House, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath;

    9) Ms. Carr’s (Flatlets), 16 Northbrook Rd, Dublin 6;

    10) Regina Coeli Hostel, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, and

    11) Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary;

    12) St. Gerard’s, originally 39, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

    13) St. Patrick’s, Navan Road, Dublin 7, originally known as Pelletstown; and subsequent transfer to Eglinton House, Eglinton Rd, Dublin 4, and

    14) The Castle, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal.

    (2) County Homes

    1) St Kevin's Institution (Dublin Union)

    2) Stranorlar County Home, Co Donegal (St Joseph's)

    3) Cork City County Home (St Finbarr's)

    4) Thomastown County Home, Co Kilkenny (St Columba's)
    1Historical and official sources may refer to these institutions by various names, and in some cases the Homes may have moved premises during their period of operation.

Under what Act is the Commission established?

The Commision is established under the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 which is available at the link below
Will hearings be in public or in private?

The Act provides that evidence will generally be received in private, except where a witness requests to give evidence in public and the Commission grants the request, or the Commission is satisfied that it is desirable in the interests of both the investigation and fair procedures to hear the evidence of a witness in public.

The Confidential Committee hearings will be held in private.

Will the Commission be able to access private and public records?


The Commission’s powers extend to all records relevant to its investigation irrespective of the status of the person or entity in possession of the records.

Will the Commission help people who were adopted from these institutions to trace their identity and birth relatives?


The Commission has no role in resolving identity or tracing relatives.

TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, Information and Tracing services can be accessed at the following link: The Adoption Authority of Ireland also has responsibility for maintaining the National Adoption Contact Preference Register which matches relatives parted through adoption, when both parties apply to join the Register.Information and Tracing services can be accessed at the following link:
Will the Commission provide Redress or Compensation?


The Commission has no power to award redress or compensation.

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