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Fianna Fáil should withdraw amendment to Mother & Baby Homes Motion – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

27 March, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD


Tomorrow evening sees a vote in the Dáil which was deferred from last week on Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire’s motion regarding the establishment of a Truth Commission to achieve full truth in what went on in Mother & Baby Homes in decades gone by; an injunction on potential sites of interest; and to grant access to the records held on victims.

Fianna Fáil have tabled an amendment, which left out both the injunction and access to documentation and testimony elements of the original motion, something which survivors believe to be of paramount importance.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire said;

“It looks as though Fianna Fáil is willing to push ahead with their amendment, an amendment that falls far short of what is required.”

“That would imply they are unwilling to support the substantive motion, and by doing so are preventing the wishes of victims.

“I have met with Fianna Fáil and asked them to withdraw their own amendment, or at least present something that would be consistent with the aim of the original motion.

“There are no votes to be won in this motion; it is about doing the right thing. It is only what is just and fair to those who suffered abuse at the hands of both religious institutions and the state.

“I would hope that Fianna Fáil have a change of heart between now and the vote tomorrow evening, and can withdraw the amendment."

“On that note, I would hope that the Government and the Labour party could do the same.

“We’ve looked at their amendments, which again do very little for those involved.

“Sinn Féin is not willing to pass a motion on this matter that does not ensure sites not be interfered with, and ensure access to own documentation. And it is for that reason that we cannot support any of the amendments tabled. They are wholly inadequate. "

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