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Government must intervene to end hunger strike at Leinster House

4 November, 2005

Sinn Fein T.D Sean Crowe today urged the Government to reconsider their position on not including the Morning Star Mother and Baby Home as an institution for consideration by the redress board.

Speaking today Deputy Crowe said, "It is a matter of some urgency that this situation be resolved. A former resident of the home Marie Therese O'Loughlin has felt compelled to go on hunger strike outside the Dail over this issue. She is now in the second week of her protest.

"Minister Hanafin says that the reason she cannot include this institution for consideration by the redress board is because the department of Health and Children can find no records to indicate that a statutory body had any regulatory or inspection role in relation to the Morning Star. If this is the case then there has been stunning negligence on the part of the state. I have information that mothers as young as fourteen were in the Morning Star. In addition young children were left there while their mothers were hospitalised, sometimes for extended periods. It is therefore clear that a statuary body should have had a regulatory or inspection role.

"I urgently appeal to Minister Hanafin to liase again with the Department of Health and Children to clarify this matter in the hope that a solution can be reached. It is an indictment of this Government that a woman should be entering the second week of a hunger strike camped outside Leinster House in such terrible weather conditions." ENDS

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