Tuam campaigner Breeda Murphy, adoptee and activist Eunan Duffy and lawyer, Frank Breheny joined us to discuss the latest developments with the Mother and Baby Home report and the institutional burials bill.
Breeda, Eunan and Frank are behind the Separation, Appropriation and Loss Initiative (SALI) and have drafted an alternative to the controversial ‘General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill’. introduced in the wake of discoveries at Tuam.
This bill includes a provision to ‘dis-apply’ the obligations of a coroner to perform an inquest into any death within their district.
SALI’s The Institutions Recognised or Suspected Burial Grounds Bill 2021, which has been sent to every member of the Oireachtas, provides a ‘much wider set of obligations, to be addressed by local authorities and Ministers, and in particular, incorporating the the vital role that Irish Coroners must play in this work’
As Breeda says:
“We are reminded continuously of complexities on issues that have for decades proved elusive by the Government to solve or even impact positively upon. When one looks at them, the issues are not complex at all. In this particular case, captured in this proposed Bill, it is simple. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way and Governments have chosen the wrong way for reasons that are incomprehensible”.
This is the 18th in a series of shows with Breeda, Eunan and Frank on issues surrounding the Mother and Baby Home Report. You can watch them back here.