Government again delay publication of interim report – Ó Laoghaire
Responding in the Dáil today during questions from Sinn Fein TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone conceded that there would once again be a delay in publishing the second interim report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother & Baby Homes.
The report was submitted to the Minister in September of last year, but has yet to be published by the Minister, amid speculation among those in the media that the contents of the report are of a controversial nature.
The Sinn Fein spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs said:
“Delay after delay in the publishing of this report has gone beyond the point of being farcical. It is disgraceful.
“The report has been on the Minister’s desk for months, plenty of time for the Government to work out their statements and positions on the recommendations contained.
“There is no justification for such a delay.
“It appears as though the Government are deliberately dragging their heels on its publication, and that is purely for political reasons.
“This is a completely cynical move on their part and, quite frankly, insulting to the victims and survivors at the centre of this Investigation.
“It is my understanding, and it has been reported, that the report, which, in my eyes, was the scoping exercise that the Minister has the committed to carry out in the near future, does not contain a recommendation to expand the Terms of Reference of the Commission.
“It is also my understanding that the report contains a recommendation of redress for those whose lives have been dogged by the trauma experienced in these institutions.
“This report is not just another one to be shelved; it is integral to us identifying whether or not what the Government has done to date is adequate.
“Publication of the report is the minimum that the Government should do, and should do it immediately. No further delay is acceptable.”