Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth Roderic O’Gorman
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth Roderic O’Gorman has indicated that the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation will not be released until late November or early December.
The Minister had previously said the commission was be ready to report this Friday, October 30 and in fact gave this deadline as a reason to rush through legislation to seal the Commission’s files.
Via Irish Examiner:
It is understood that Mr O’Gorman has asked attorney general Paul Gallagher to examine ways in which the archive can be opened up to survivors of institutional abuse.
That process may also take a number of weeks, it is understood.
Mr O’Gorman has said that his advice from the attorney general was that access to the records had been explicitly restricted by the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004.
However, the Irish Examiner last week revealed that this is entirely contrary to the observations provided to his Department by the Data Protection Commission.
Yesterday: Seal Tricks