Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman in the Dáil this morning
The Government has been accused of speaking out of both sides of its mouth on the issue of extending the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.
Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns said:
“Earlier today, the Government committed to not blocking the Social Democrats’ motion to extend the Commission of Investigation. However, when challenged by my colleague Gary Gannon TD to give effect to this by allocating time in the Dáil, they voted that proposal down.
“This shows that the Government is attempting to look both ways on the issue. To avert a rebellion of Government TDs and to give the appearance of wanting to do the right thing, they avoided having to vote down the Social Democrats’ motion to extend the Commission.
“It is a disgraceful attempt to effectively hoodwink the Dáil. The Social Democrats have legislation ready to go and the Government simply must allow time for the motion to be brought into effect.“
Social Democrat TD Jennifer Whitmore (at Leinster House yesterday, top) joined adoptee and activist Eunan Duffy and Tuam campaigner Breeda Murphy to discuss her party’s bill to extend the Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation by 12 months.
The commission is due to be dissolved this Sunday amid rancour over the treatment of witnesses’ testimonies.
The bill is being debated in the Dáil today (watch live here) and will be voted on Tomorrow. The government has said there will be no free vote.
A letter from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL ) and Amnesty International Ireland calling on TDs to extend the term of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.