THE GATHERING IRELAND -
Since the foundation of the Irish State, thousands of babies have been removed from their lawful parents and their native land and sold to adoptive parents. This practice was, by and large, carried out by Religious congregations and in many cases the Irish State turned a blind eye. The mothers of these children were coerced into signing documents that would remove their rights to any information on their children and their whereabouts. These babies were trafficked out of Ireland mainly into the United States of America. All of these babies have been denied access to their personal histories and knowledge of their birth mothers and fathers. This cruel and inhumane treatment and denial of personal information on one’s identity constitutes a form of ethnic cleansing.
The destruction and elimination of one’s origin, the beginning of the self, was erased and for many people a lifetime sense of absence ensued. These people are still seeking to realign themselves with their birth mother and family and to be able to obtain access and ownership to all relevant personal and medical information and documentation.
The ‘banished’ children of this nation deserve their rights and their place in the history of this land. They deserve their birth certificates, their records and all the relevant information that is being held by the State, its agents and servants, and the church, its agents and servants that will give them a roadmap to achieving their full selves and their full identity. These are our brothers and our sisters, our aunts and our uncles, our nieces and nephews, our sweethearts, our family. Let this be a true gathering of equals. Support the cause, acknowledge this unjust denial and bring back the banished babies to their rightful place. To be silent on this issue is the continuation of a violence.
It is time to end this perpetual exile, facilitated by the Irish State and Irish Church. The light that reflects from a mother’s eyes to her new born child is the eternal home and that reflection needs to be actualised and manifested now in ‘action’. Stop the prolonged injustice of those, who as babies, were trafficked with their identities erased.