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.
Further to the the participation of Professor Mary Daly, one of the members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission, at a seminar in Oxford University, where she disclosed for the first time that 500 survivor testimonies were excluded from the commission’s final report for ‘legal reasons’…
…And following calls from Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Labour Party leader Alan Kelly for the commission to appear before TDs…
Social Democrats TD, and Oireachtas Children’s Committee member, Holly Cairns said:
“I have written to the Oireachtas Children’s Committee requesting that we again invite members of the Commission to the Committee to discuss their report.
“It is hard for many to understand why one of the Commissioners agreed to discuss the report at an academic seminar, but unwilling to come before the Oireachtas Committee.
“It is even harder to understand how the Commission report’s findings were, in so many cases, contradictory to the testimony of survivors. To give just one example: that there was no evidence of forced adoption.
“Given what we know now about the methodology that was used to prepare this report, the Government must repudiate the report and produce the underlying archive. Survivors must be given the administrative files and all of their personal data.
“Crucially, the government needs to repudiate the report. Survivors were denied fair procedures. This report is rewriting people’s lived experience and, with it, Irish history.”
Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said clarification would help to address the anger and uncertainty felt by survivors, adding it was not appropriate for the first public comments on the report to be made to a restricted academic event.
He said that “it is necessary at this point for them to come before the Oireachtas committee”.