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Dunne inquiry report should be published in full - Ó Caoláin

10 August, 2006

Sinn Féin Dail leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called for the publication in full of the report of the Dunne Inquiry following the release of the executive summary of the report to Parents for Justice under the Freedom of Information Act. He said the call for a statutory public inquiry had been vindicated and should have been conceded by the Government at least four years ago.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The release of the executive summary of the Dunne inquiry report into the removal of the organs of deceased children without the knowledge or consent of their parents is welcome but also underlines the need to publish the report in full. The State has failed the bereaved parents in its whole approach to this issue. The Government refused to establish the public inquiry called for by Parents for Justice. It established the private Dunne inquiry, closed it down last year, established another private inquiry and refused to publish the Dunne inquiry report on the advice of the Attorney General.

"All of this could have been avoided had the Government accepted a motion I tabled on behalf of the Technical Group (Sinn Féin, Green Party, Independents) in the Dáil in October 2002. That motion called for a public inquiry to be established and to complete its work 'in as comprehensive, economical and speedy a manner as possible'. The public inquiry could have been completed at this stage.

"There has yet to be full public accountability for the trauma and grief suffered by parents through the unacceptable practice of organ retention. Clearly a section of the medical professional acted with arrogance and total disregard for bereaved people. The Government should listen carefully to the testimony of the parents at their forum in Cork today and ensure that they get justice at last." ENDS

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