Dáil debates

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


12:50 pm

Photo of Pat BuckleyPat Buckley (Cork East, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

The programme for Government makes reference to the mother and baby homes commission of investigation. Are the relevant Ministers aware that demolition works were carried out on the Bessborough site in Cork this week without the knowledge of Cork City Council? A building known as the little folly has been used as a place of reflection and commemoration by survivors in recent years. I discovered this morning that an enforcement order has been put on that building. My information is that the commission was informed that repair works would be carried out on it. It may seem a minor issue, but the survivors of the mother and baby home in Bessborough are angered and anguished that developers have moved onto the site and begun knocking buildings without it being public knowledge or a geophysical radar scan having been carried out. These events are atrocious. I would love to get an answer on this issue.


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