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Frustration turning to anger with delays to Mother and Baby Home report – Denise Mitchell TD

7 February, 2019 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said there is a growing anger in the survivor community over the second year-long delay to the final report by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

Speaking in the Dáil on this afternoon, Deputy Mitchell said:

“With this second delay the frustration felt by many survivors is now turning to anger. The survivors of these Mother and Baby homes have waited a lifetime for their stories to be heard.

“And to be told to wait another year after already being previously delayed is an injustice."

Deputy Mitchell highlighted the continued failure in putting in place a system of redress for survivors of the Bethany Home who were wrongfully excluded from the 2002 redress scheme:

“The survivors of the Bethany Home have described the Government’s attitude towards them as a policy of “delay and deny until they die”.

“And to be honest Minister, I think a lot of survivors and relatives are now beginning the come to that view also. Because every time a report is on the horizon it gets pushed back.

“Each delay to the final report not only means it will be a longer wait for justice and closure for those survivors. It also means that not everybody who had hoped to see truth, justice and closure will be there to see it.

“That is the harsh truth Minister, I’ve said it before: Justice delayed is justice denied.”

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