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Anderson hosts 'mother and baby home' delegation in Brussels

8 September, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the experiences of women and children in so-called 'mother and baby homes' must be comprehensively investigated. 

Ms Anderson is currently hosting a delegation of victims and survivors of 'mother and baby homes,' their families, academics and journalists in Brussels. 

Speaking ahead of the launch of a European Parliament hearing into the scandal, Ms Anderson said; 

"The extent and degree of the abuses meted out on vulnerable women and children for decades must be fully investigated to establish the truth and deliver justice for the victims and their families. 

"I welcome the government's commitment to a Commission of Investigation. However, any inquiry must be comprehensive. 

"It must investigate the full array of abuses carried out by these institutions, how they were allowed to occur and establish where there were systemic institutional or state failings which facilitated this. 

"It should identify persons, institutions and state agencies culpable in any violations and hold them to account.

"It must also take into account the All-Ireland and cross-border nature, as well as the international dimension, of some of the abuses. 

"This includes the cross-border movement of pregnant women and children in Ireland and the international movement of babies and children born to these women to Britain, the US and elsewhere. 

"This terrible practice of removing children from their mothers emphasises the importance of highlighting this issue at an EU and international level."

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