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Truth Commission 'an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past in Tuam and elsewhere' – Ó Laoghaire

21 March, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin TD and Children’s Affairs spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that the current investigation into the horrors inflicted upon people in the Mother and Baby Homes, County Homes, and Magdalene Laundries is seen by some among the survivors as a severe injustice to those who were subjected to brutal treatment over many decades.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire encouraged cross-party support for a motion designed to unveil the truth of what happened in those homes.

Speaking during the debate on the motion, the Cork South-Central TD said:

“The recent revelations at Tuam Mother and Baby homes have only confirmed some of our deepest fears. The findings of human remains in what appear to have been mass graves, did come as a shock, but in many ways was no surprise.

“People are right to be angry, and I’m sure many representatives elected to this house have heard both the anger and sorrow felt by the wider public over the past few weeks, but particularly those who were in these institutions

“From my perspective, and I think it is a perspective shared by many of those involved, the state has made a somewhat feeble attempt to as much as scratch the surface of all this in the form of a Commission of Investigation in Mother & Baby Homes, which was announced two years ago last month.

“The state and consecutive governments continues with its departmentalised approach, which is fragmented and illogical, as the crossover between these homes and institutions like them are inseparable. 

“This model would ensure that the voices of all survivors are heard, too many have been excluded, and heard in a way that gives them dignity, and that they can trust in the process. This is about transitional and transformative justice.

“My intention with this motion, which is the first in my name, was to make a genuine attempt for righting the wrongs of the past, to give a voice to those whose words have fallen on deaf ears for far too long now.

“Are the members of this house going to again be responsible for the stifling the voices of these people?” 

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