Midleton Mum Joan McDermott Recalls Her Son’s First Question “When I saw my son for the first time he asked me mam how old am I really?”

By Seamus Whelehan

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The reluctance of the government to establish a truth commission for women incarcerated in mother and baby homes, has been sharply criticised by a leading East Cork women’s rights campaigner.
Joan McDermott who spent eight months in the Bessborough Mother and Baby home in 1967 has said the government’s response to a Sinn Féin motion to establish a truth commission was deeply disappointing.
The Midleton woman accused Minister for Children Katherine Zappone of turning her back on the survivors.

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