Joanne Hayes and family to return to court over Kerry Babies dispute
Joanne Hayes and her family will return to court on Friday to ask for the notorious Kerry Babies Tribunal to be censured.
Ms Hayes, the woman who was wrongly accused of murdering an infant over 35 years ago, wants the High Court to declare that all findings of wrongdoing made against her and her siblings by the tribunal were unfounded and incorrect.
They are also seeking a court order that would see the entire report censured, which means effectively that a legal warning would be attached to the 1985 report in the Dáil library.© Provided by Extra.ie Joanne Hayes with her sister Kathleen arriving for the hearing at the Kerry Babies Tribunal in 1985. Pic: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Last week, Ms Hayes and her siblings Edmund, Kathleen and Michael Hayes, launched joint actions against the Garda Commissioner; the Minister for Justice; Ireland and the Attorney General.
The case will be mentioned before the court again on Friday, where they hope the court will help them to draw a line under their 36-year battle for justice.
In 1984, Ms Hayes and members of her family were arrested by gardaí following the discovery of a newborn baby with multiple stab wounds in Cahersiveen, in south Kerry, some 80km from Ms Hayes’ home in Abbeydorney in north Kerry. The parents of that child, called baby John, have never been identified, nor has his killer.© Provided by Extra.ie Joanne Hayes and her family will return to court on Friday to ask for the notorious Kerry Babies Tribunal to be censured. Pic: RollingNews.ie
Ms Hayes had given birth to a baby boy, named Shane, on April 13, 1984, on the family farm, but that child died and was buried on the farm. Ms Hayes was accused of being the mother of baby John and murdering him. Her family were accused of concealing the birth of a child.
Following their arrest in May 1984, Ms Hayes and her family say that following wrongful acts committed by gardaí they were forced into making false confessions admitting the killing of baby John, which they later withdrew. The charges were dropped in October 1984.
In January 2018, An Garda Síochána issued an unreserved apology to Ms Hayes and her family for the treatment they received at the hands of gardaí during the 1984 investigation.© Provided by Extra.ie Ms Hayes, the woman who was wrongly accused of murdering an infant over 35 years ago, wants the High Court to declare that all findings of wrongdoing made against her and her siblings by the tribunal were unfounded and incorrect. Pic: Getty Images
Leo Varadkar, then-Taoiseach, subsequently issued a formal apology to Ms Hayes and her family on behalf of the State, which is currently negotiating a compensation deal with the family.
The Hayes family have welcomed the apology and the promised compensation; however, they also want to have the findings of the Kerry Babies Tribunal officially declared null and void.