From top: Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation members at the commission’s launch in 2015, from left: Professor Mary Daly, Judge Yvonne Murphy, Dr William Duncan.; Attorney General Paul Gallagher
Commission of Investigation on #motherandbabyhomes had suggested a referendum would be required. Lots of legal opinion this week to the contrary. Min for Children earlier this week said the approach would be based on GDPR in order to get past previous legal difficulties.
— Sandra Hurley (@sandra_hurley) January 15, 2021
Attorney General Paul Gallagher has confirmed that no referendum will be required on the legal right to access birth certificates as was suggested in the Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation’s final report.
A bill will be published shortly on the information and tracing legislation.
During the course of its investigation the Mother and Baby Homes Commission took evidence from people engaged in both sides of the argument.
On the one hand it noted how the main issue raised by lobby groups and individuals born in mother-and-baby homes was information and tracing.
It makes reference too to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which states the important principle that children are entitled to the information necessary to preserve their personal identity.
On the other hand, it reveals how social workers who had contact with birth mothers gave evidence to the commission about the ramifications of their privacy rights “being eroded” if birth information was revealed without their consent.
…Many of the women told them of their terror at the prospect of the proposed legislation on tracing being implemented.
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