Taoisach tells #Dáil that the excavation of the mother-and-baby home site at Tuam will require new legislation, which will not be ready for Dáil debate until first quarter of next year
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) October 24, 2018
“This is going to be a very difficult operation,” says @campaignforleo of Tuam.
Some are stillborn, there may be adult remains and remains from the famine, the #Dail hears.
“This is going to be slow and painstaking. It will not be possible to identify them all,” he adds #iestaff
— Juno McEnroe (@Junomaco) October 24, 2018
In the Dáil.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks about yesterday’s announcement by the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone that there will be an exhumation and forensic examination of the remains found at the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway.
Fianna Fail TD Anne Rabbitte also asked Mr Varadkar about the necessary legislation.
They had this exchange:
Anne Rabbitte: “With the announcement yesterday about the mother and baby home with the site in Tuam, it is understood, what you said was bespoke legislation would be required. Now is that amending some of the legislation or is that drafting new legislation?”
“And do you foresee that in the first quarter of next year, fast-tracking that legislation so as it can run in tandem with, sort of, outsourcing the work that needs doing? And also have the legislation running parallel so as that the people who are at the centre of all these, because they’re ageing, so as they don’t have to wait much longer for results. Thank you.”
Leo Varadkar: “It will be new primary legislation which may of course amend some existing legislation. What we want to avoid, of course, for the reasons that the deputy says, we want to avoid a situation where nothing happens until the legislation is passed. So the things that can be done without legislation, we’ll try and do. What requires legislation will obviously have to wait.
“Unfortunately fast-tracking any legislation in the world of new politics is difficult. A lot of legislation is being held up because we don’t have a majority Government. But that is the will of the people.”
Yesterday: Exhumation But No Inquests