Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Third Interim Report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes: Statements
What concerns me in the summary is the line, "The potential to identify individuals interred in Tuam is one that poses many challenges". I can understand that. It then goes on to state one of the challenges is the "potential damage to relations between the public, the Church and the Government". What kind of challenge is that? Why should it be identified? That tells us something about where we are going. On the five options, it is a decision for the Government and this House to make in the best informed manner they can. However, the Minister has given it over to a county council which does not have enough staff to repair the roads and which at 9 p.m. will be looking at the deficiencies. It is engaging in a box ticking exercise. It is asking residents and neighbours to tick boxes. That should be done in this House after meaningful consultation.
While I understand the Minister has a difficult role, at the very least I expect reports, with the dates on them, to be published immediately.