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Investigation into Bethany Mother and Baby Home must be granted

3 February, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the Justice Ministers public acknowledgment that he is considering an investigation into the former Mother and baby Bethany Home.

Speaking today Deputy McDonald said:

“It is a testament to the tireless efforts of the survivors of Bethany Home that they have finally forced the government to move on this issue. However the minister’s consideration must quickly move on to a commitment to investigate Bethany Home and in turn to recognition and redress.

“A dearth of information clearly illustrating the state’s culpability in both the Magdalene Laundries and Bethany Home already exists thanks to the dogged work of survivors and their support groups. Whilst the Minister for Justice’s public acknowledgement that he is considering an investigation is a step in the right direction, action is what is now required.

“Survivors of these institutions have been through so much and simply want the state to acknowledge what we in fact already know, that the state failed to step in and protect the women and children in these institutions.” ENDS

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