Thursday, 3 June 2021
Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions
Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)
I thank the Tánaiste for his reply. He went much further than the Taoiseach yesterday and I respect that. There are two aspects to this. Calling on the commission members to appear in front of the Oireachtas children's committee should absolutely happen but we know we are limited in whether they will or will not do that. They should do that. However, there is a more fundamental issue here on which the Government must reflect.
Given the evidence at yesterday's symposium, this report is fundamentally flawed. The simple fact is that evidence given by so many women who went through such trauma has not been countenanced or used. It is not part of the report and what these people went through did not form part of the recommendations. We suspected that and now we know it. It is a hard fact. We need those members to give evidence in front of the committee but this Government must put forward proposals for a new commission to finally give some justice for these women. They all deserve it, so please do that.