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Minister must extend terms of Reference for Commission to all victims Mother & Baby Homes – Ó Laoghaire

21 July, 2016 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire today called on the Minister to extend the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into Mother & Baby Homes, and highlighted that it would be only right for all victims to be included in this process.

The Cork South Central TD said:

“As the Minister is well aware, these people have been left to sit in silence for quite some time. Many of those victims have passed away since the commencement of the Commission. The commission must go as far as including all those that are deemed to be affected, and deal with those victims on an age priority basis to ensure that those who deserve justice see it in their life time.

“I have recently met with some of the survivors who have already presented their own stories to the commission, and their stories of their experiences were harrowing.

“I note in the terms of reference that the commission is required to identify any additional matters which should be examined in the public interest. Would the Minister agree that the extension of the terms of reference to cover the 27 or so homes that are not under investigation by the commission at present would be in the public interest, and more importantly, in the interest of the victims who resided in these homes?  It is the Minister who has the power to expand the terms of reference.

“There seems to be a difficulty in individuals who have made a statement to the commission in getting a copy of their own statements, or any other documents that are held, this after giving testimony which was quite traumatic to them, and which they are keen to obtain. The Minister should address this.

“The Minister unfortunately made no such commitment into further extensions. Sinn Féin are committed to pursuing this matter forward in the hope of achieving justice for all victims.” 

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