Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
The State is due to outline today the nature of its opposition to a series of pending High Court challenges against the report of the mother and baby homes commission.
A deadline of today was set for the State and Government to produce papers detailing the basis for its opposition to at least seven cases.
The cases, including one by retired nurse Philomena Lee, have been brought against the Minister for Children, the Government, Ireland and the Attorney General.
A number of sources said the question of who bears responsibility for the report may be addressed as a key issue in the High Court today, with the State arguing that such responsibility rested with the commission before its dissolution.
Social Democrats TD, and Children’s Committee member, Holly Cairns writes:
“Today, in the High Court, the State will strongly defend the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission in legal actions brought by survivors against the report.
“Simultaneously, Children’s Minister RoderickO’Gorman has said he believes survivors and intends appointing an independent expert to review the testimony of survivors given to the Confidential Committee.
“Which is it? Does the government support the report, as it claims in the High Court? Or does it believe there are such fundamental problems with it that it is necessary to now authorise a separate review of its contents?
“There is an inherent contradiction in the government’s approach. It can’t simultaneously defend the report and suggest it is so fundamentally flawed that a separate review into the report is now required.”
Previously: Vow of Silence