Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth

This morning.

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has contacted those who participated in the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes that the final report will be published on January 11.

Minister O’Gorman writes:

In recent weeks, I have spoken to former residents of the Mother and Baby Homes, and their advocates. I have listened to the views expressed regarding publication of the Commission’s final report, and I am conscious of the understandable anxiety surrounding the timescale for publication.

I am therefore writing today to inform you it is my intention to publish the final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes on the week commencing January 11th, 2021.

…On the same day, I will be bringing forward a Memorandum seeking approval to proceed with the Certain Historic Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill, which will allow for exhumation and dignified reburial of the site at Tuam. Pending Cabinet approval, this Bill will then proceed through the Oireachtas.

As required, on the week of January 11th, I will be bringing forward a Memorandum to Cabinet seeking approval to publish the final Report, and the Commission’s Sixth Interim report.

After the Cabinet meeting. An Taoiseach and I will host an online presentation for former residents to outline some of the key findings from the Report, along with details of the initial Government response.

Publication of this Report will be a landmark moment for the many thousands of former residents, their families and advocates, in particular those who directly contributed to the Commission’s work by sharing their deeply personal and lived experiences. The Report is nearly 3,000 pages long with individual chapters for each of the institutions and specific issues which the Commission was tasked with examining.

Counselling Service for Former Residents of Mother and Baby Homes (HSE)

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