Following a call last week by the Tuam Survivors’ Network, The Terms of Reference and timeline have been set for an examination of legal options regarding DNA sampling in connection with the former Mother and Baby Home at Tuam.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs KatherineZappone said:
“These issues will ultimately be addressed within the bespoke legislation that is currently being scoped by my Department.
However, I am very sympathetic to the concerns of survivors that their ages and health profiles introduce an element of urgency.
Accordingly, I have asked Dr. Geoffrey Shannon to consider what may be possible within the current legislative framework, with particular reference to:
The collection of biological samples for comparison purposes
The extent to which any relevant family rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights might apply; and how best to ensure that the rights of those who wish to give biological samples could be safeguarded in respect of sensitive personal data and informed consent.
Dr Shannon will consult with my officials in the course of his work and provide a report to me within 8 weeks.”
Previously: Tuam And DNA
The burial plot at the former mother and baby home at Bessborough in Cork has been examined by the Commission of Investigation into 18 such institutions.
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the probe at Bessborough involves “initial testing”.
She said she understood that the commission has examined the burial plot at Bessborough but has not conducted a geophysical examination of the site.
Previously: Burials As Late As 1990