Retention of Records Bill 2019

General election 2020

Survivors, academics and practitioners call on every election candidate and political party to commit to a National Archive of Historical Institutional and Care-Related Records

A coalition (individually named below) of institutional abuse survivors and those affected by adoption, along with academic and practising archivists, historians, psychologists, sociologists and lawyers, have called on all election candidates and political parties to commit to establishing a National Archive of historical institutional and care-related records. The group says that this should be a cross-party commitment, which is urgently acted upon in 2020.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP! Click here to learn how to help stop the Retention of Records Bill 2019!

The Retention of Records Bill 2019 seeks to seal for at least the next 75 years all records held in the archives of (1) the ‘Ryan’ Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, (2) the Residential Institutions Redress Board, and (3) the Residential Institutions Redress Review Committee.

A number of survivors, lawyers, historians and archivists will appear before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills on Tuesday 26th November to oppose the Bill.

There will be a press conference following the hearing, at 1.00pm in The Gandon Boardroom at The Davenport Hotel, 8 – 10 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2.

Transformative Justice Ireland (TJI) comprises Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Lecturer in History, NUI Galway; Dr Sinéad Ring, Assistant Professor, Maynooth University School of Law; Dr James Gallen, Assistant Professor in Law, DCU; Anne-Marie Crean, PhD Candidate in Psychology, University College Cork; Fionna Fox, Solicitor and 2nd generation survivor; Máiréad Enright, Reader in Law, University of Birmingham; and Dr Maeve O’Rourke, Lecturer in Human Rights Law, NUI Galway.

The written submissions to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills by the members of TJI, survivors, family members and others, including Catríona Crowe, Former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, and Dr Fred Logue, solicitor specialising in data protection law, are available below.

Survivor Perspective

Mr. Tom Cronin

Dr. Mary Lodato

Ms. Carmel McDonnell-Byrne

Ms. Anne Grehan

Ms. Rosemary Adaser

Eileen Molloy Submission

Ms. Elizabeth Coppin

Ms. Mary Harney

Mr. Conrad Bryan

Survivor Advocate Perspective

Ms. Anne-Marie Crean, Psychology at UCC

Legal Perspective

Dr. Maeve O’Rourke, Lecturer in Human Rights Law, NUI Galway; Máiréad Enright, Reader in Law Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham; and Dr. Sinéad Ring, Assistant Professor of Law, School of Law, Maynooth University.

Dr. Fred Logue, Principal, FP Logue Solicitors

Dr. James Gallen, Lecturer in Law, DCU

Archivist Perspective

Ms. Catríona Crowe, Former Head Of Special Projects, National Archives of Ireland

Historian Perspective

Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, Lecturer in History, NUI Galway

The cover photograph for this page was obtained from the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse website here: