Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Tribunals of Inquiry

9:30 am

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Tánaiste for the update. Have all members, as well as the necessary administrative and backup staff, been appointed? I gather from the answer that work has not yet begun at the tribunal. The Tánaiste said that in due course he will sign a statutory instrument. When will the tribunal actually start its work?

The Tánaiste has confirmed verbally that if people have not made complaints formally, they will still be included. That is not set out in the terms of reference. Will he clarify that again for the record? It is not in the terms of reference, so it is important that we get clarification.

Trust is of the essence. We are going back to 1990. I have a list of publications, including the report of Senator Tom Clonan from 2000, the independent monitoring group report from 2002, a research paper from 2016 and the Women of Honour report from 11 September 2021. The terms of reference were negotiated, but the Women of Honour were not involved. The burden rested on their shoulders after the failures over the years.


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