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Full public inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes the ‘only acceptable option’ – Mary Lou McDonald TD

4 June, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has endorsed the call for a full public inquiry into the practices at all Mother and Baby Homes across the State.

Speaking in response to the statement of the Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan indicating plans for a ‘cross-departmental initiative’ on the issue, Deputy McDonald said:

“There is no room whatsoever for avoidance tactics by the Government. Tuam is not an isolated case. What is needed is a full public inquiry into the practices at all Mother and Baby Homes across the State, to shed light on what led to the shocking infant mortality rates, the burial of untold hundreds of babies in mass graves, and the routine illegal adoption and trafficking of an unknown number of the surviving children.

“A full public inquiry is the only acceptable option, the only conceivable course of action when confronted with evidence of this nature, the stuff of nightmares and of deep national shame.

“We need greater certainty about what the practices were, who was directly responsible, who knew about them, what they did or did not do in response. We need to know who died and why, and the location of their remains. We likewise need a full audit of the 25,000 files in HSE possession so we can know how many of these concern illegal adoptions, who was responsible, who knew about it, and what they did or did not do.”

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