PRESS STATEMENT: Children’s Rights Alliance Welcomes Establishment of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes

Published date: 
10 Jun 2014

10 June 2014: For immediate release

PRESS STATEMENT
Children’s Rights Alliance Welcomes Establishment of Commission into  Mother and Baby Homes

Today the Children’s Rights Alliance warmly welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Charlie Flanagan T.D. to establish a Commission of Investigation with full statutory powers into Mother and Baby Homes throughout the country.

Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance says:

“We commend Minister Flanagan for taking decisive action. The Government has done the right thing.”

“Establishing this Commission is the only way to find out what really happened. Through the Ryan and other reports we have gone some way to uncover aspects of how we failed vulnerable children. Uncovering the dark history of how we treated unmarried mothers and their children is vital for us to truly acknowledge and understand our past. This is the missing piece of the jigsaw.”

“To deliver, the Commission must be granted full statutory powers of enquiry enabling it to compel witnesses to produce evidence and supply documents. The care regime and the legal circumstances surrounding adoptions from mother and baby homes must be included within the Commission’s terms of reference. This Commission once and for all should establish the truth behind clinical trials.”

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For further information and interview bids, please contact:
Emma McKinley, Legal and Policy Officer
Tel: (01) 662 9400 / 087 7702845
Email: emma@childrensrights.ie