Release date: 26/10/2017
The Bar of Ireland has presented its Human Rights Award to historian Catherine Corless for her tireless work relating to the Tuam Mothers and Babies Home.
Catherine Corless’ research led to the discovery of the remains of hundreds of babies on the site of the Co Galway St Mary's Mother and Baby Home and she continues to advocate passionately on behalf of the survivors.
The Bar of Ireland’s Human Rights Award is an initiative of The Bar of Ireland’s Human Rights Committee and is presented to person or organisation who has shown exceptional humanitarian service. Last year it was awarded to the Irish Naval Service for their work on the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.
Paul McGarry SC, Chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland said; “Catherine Corless has shown incredible courage and determination in her advocacy work on behalf of the survivors of the Tuam Mothers and Babies Home. She has worked tirelessly on their behalf and has shone a light on a dark period of our history, passionately represented the victims and their rights at all times, often in the face of adversity. She epitomises the very essence of a humanitarian and is a very deserving recipient of this award”
Thomas Creed, SC, Chair of The Bar of Ireland’s Human Rights Committee said; “We are delighted that Catherine is with us today to accept our Human Rights Award. She is fearless campaigner for human rights and has done both the survivors and wider society a great service.”
Accepting the Award, Catherine Corless said; “I am truly honoured to receive The Bar of Ireland Human Rights Award. My work campaigning on behalf of the survivors of mother and baby homes continues and I hope that this special Award will give even more survivors the strength to come forward to tell their story. With each and every testimony the truth is uncovered further and our campaign for justice to prevail is strengthened. I share this Award with the all survivors, this is for them.”
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