McDonald deeply disappointed at government delay on Bethany Homes
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described the government’s delay in determining an apology and redress for the survivors of Bethany Home as deeply disappointing. Deputy McDonald raised the matter in the Dáil this morning with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD.
The Dublin Central TD said:
“Following the Taoiseach’s apology to the women and girls incarcerated in the Magdalene Laundries the government gave a commitment to consider the case of the Bethany Home and its inclusion in the redress scheme or in some manner of redress for its survivors.
“State inspections of this home, under the Registration of Maternity Homes Act 1934, recorded horrendous abuse and neglect of children in the home.
“Government ministers are also aware that there are 219 unmarked graves of children from Bethany home in Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harold's Cross in Dublin.
“More needs to be done by Labour ministers to progress this issue with their cabinet colleague and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.
“Just last month the Minister for Education told media he would like to see the surviving men and women of Bethany Home receive an apology and redress mechanism. In opposition, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said that survivors should be afforded the reparations that they deserve and that there should be a fitting and appropriate memorial to the Bethany children buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery.
“The state cannot continue to ignore this group of survivors or to exclude them from redress.”