Social Democrats say the Mother and Baby Home records cannot be sealed by Government for 30 years, @WhitmoreJen says to do so would fail those mothers and children all over again @rtenews pic.twitter.com/9IaLTDj2nL
— Mícheál Lehane (@MichealLehane) October 21, 2020
Minister for Children, Disabilty, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman
Proposed amendments by the Minister to the Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records and another matter, Bill 2020
Children’s minister Roderic O’Gorman has proposed two amendments to legislation which would seal all records of the Mother and baby Home Commission for 30 years.
Via The Irish Examiner:
The first amendment will provide for the commission to remain in existence beyond the submission of its final report to engage with the survivors, to confirm which of them want their story to be made public and those who request anonymity, in order for all those involved to be accommodated and without it delaying the submission of its final report on October 30.
The second would see a copy of the database and related records deposited with the minister as part of the archive so that the records of the commission would be held as a singular, complete archive.
This will maintain a single sealed archive, while still ensuring that the database and related records can transfer to Tusla and remain available for use in accordance with existing and future statute.
One TD, who has seen the amendments, said: “I have never gotten so many phone calls in my time as a TD as I have about this, and the public think you can open the whole thing and they won’t be able to do that. I don’t know that this will satisfy people. They do deal with some of the major issues, but I’m not sure they’ll quell discontent.”
The Social Democrats will continued to as vocal🔊on this issue as possible. We can’t rush in this too important legislation and we cannot be complicit in further secrecy and cover-up. #Stand4Truth pic.twitter.com/w1yDvCuaGu
— Gary Gannon TD (@1GaryGannon) October 20, 2020
The bill will be debated in the Dáil tonight.