Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the road-map set out by today’s Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes does not go far enough and that the Commission of Inquiry’s terms of reference, yet to be set, must go much further. He also expressed concern at the appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy to chair the Commission. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“The Commission of Inquiry’s terms of reference must be comprehensive and inclusive of all relevant places where mothers and babies were held and where the issues highlighted recently in relation to Tuam arise. Today’s Report of the Inter-Departmental Group sets out a road-map which, in our view, does not go far enough.
“The Inquiry should not be confined to the nine institutions listed in the Report. County homes and Magdalen laundries should definitely be included. The issues of adoptions, both Catholic and Protestant, and of vaccination trials should also be included. There is no word of redress of any kind in this report. That too, and much more, must be addressed.
“There now needs to be full and immediate consultation with survivor groups regarding the terms of reference and the appointment of the remaining members of the Commission of Inquiry.
“We have concerns on the appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy by Minister for Children James Reilly to chair the Commission. Judge Murphy was also appointed by Health Minister James Reilly to report on symphysiotomy and produced a fundamentally flawed report.
“Today Sinn Féin published our own detailed submission on the terms of reference and composition of the Commission. We will continue to advance these proposals prior to the final determination of the terms of reference by the Oireachtas in the autumn.”