Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has that the women of Mother and Baby Homes must be assured, at the setting up of any investigation, that they will not be exposed against their will and that discretion will be maintained and their right to confidentiality maintained.
Speaking in the Dáil tonight, Deputy Ferris said:
“There are women out there who are still not able to tell their loved ones about lost babies, dead babies or babies sold off to adoption abroad. They are victims of the society which made them feel that a normal, healthy sex life was a crime and one so serious that they deserved any pain and suffering that came after. The pain they felt most was the taking of their babies but for some of them, that pain continues because the lie was told so long ago and the secret kept for so long that to reveal them now would damage precious relationships made after the birth and loss of their first babies.
“These women should be reassured at the setting up of any investigation that they will not be exposed against their will and that discretion will be maintained and their right to confidentiality maintained.
“Hopefully, for some of them, that secret can at last be revealed and that they will get the help they need to talk about their experiences in a way that will bring healing and not further suffering to their lives.
“This motion is put down in the knowledge that this country needs to deal with the past. We cannot move forward unless we do.”