Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is a matter of urgency - Ní Riada
Liadh Ní Riada, MEP for Ireland South along with other Sinn Féin MEPs met with a delegation of survivors from the Mother and Baby homes today in Brussels.
Speaking after the visit Ní Riada said that while the testimonies of the survivors were deeply harrowing they had a number of good meetings with various people including Amnesty International, Chiara Adamo who is the Head of Unit for Fundamental Rights and the Rights of the Child, and the Irish Ambassador Declan Kelleher.
Ní Riada said;
"It was horrifying to hear first-hand the pain and suffering that these men and women have endured and are still enduring to this day. It is very clear that these people are still being denied their basic human rights. The State has failed families and it is scandalous that they continue to do so.
"One of the issues raised by them was how difficult it was for them to access their personal files. I was horrified to learn that the personal files belonging to people who were in Bessborough House in Cork are now being stored in boxes in Sarsfield Court. In some cases survivors from Bessborough are being told that they will have to wait 8 years before they can access them. In other instances, where files have been accessed, some spoke about the ´falsification´ of their records that contained factually incorrect information about them.
"This is totally unacceptable and needs to be addressed immediately.
"It is a matter of urgency that the Terms of Reference for the Inter-departmental commission of investigation into the Mother and Baby homes are published. It is of vital importance that a commitment is given to investigate illegal and forced adoptions, it needs to be an all-Ireland investigation, and survivors must have direct involvement in the process."