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Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Kathleen Funchion: I ask the Minister to conclude and he has ten minutes to do so.

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I thank all the Deputies for their contributions today and for taking the opportunity to read into the Dáil record many of the items of correspondence that they have received from survivors. Deputy Gino Kenny’s contribution was particularly meaningful. Throughout today’s debate and the debate on Tuesday, Deputies have raised a range of concerns regarding the payment...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Kathleen Funchion: The Rural Independent Group has given its time to Deputy Catherine Connolly.

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I thank the Rural Independent Group for giving me this opportunity. On another occasion I may have a debate with Deputy Durkan on his analysis that we were all in this together, and the ignoring of the huge element of power and the imbalance of power that was there. As someone who proudly comes from Galway city, let me tell the Deputy that I was raised in a city that had two industrial...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Joan Collins: I welcome that the Government did not oppose the cross-party motion last night. There is, however, no commitment in the Minister's speech to include all of those who are excluded: the children who spent less than six months in a mother and baby institution; the children who were boarded out; and the children and mothers who were in institutions not covered by the mother and baby homes...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Bernard Durkan: I am glad to have an opportunity to speak on this particularly important issue, having done so in the past. I concur with others in acknowledging the various people who have told their stories here tonight. It is important we hear the stories and listen to them carefully. They serve us in good stead in imbuing us with a new sense of purpose and a recognition of the need to respond to...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Chris Andrews: I acknowledge the dreadful experience of the survivors and extend my sympathies to them. I thank them for the messages they sent to all of us over the past several months and years. The response of the State to those who suffered such immense brutality at the hands of the church has been nothing short of a national disgrace. Sadly, this seems to be the way that successive Governments...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Peadar Tóibín: I pay tribute to Deputy Gino Kenny on his speech. He always speaks from the heart. He made a very important contribution to the record of the Chamber today. Cuirim fáilte roimh an deis labhairt ar an ábhar seo. I, like most Deputies, have received emails and telephone calls from survivors, including people born in a mother and baby home and women who gave birth in one. I...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Gino Kenny: There are many things we cannot change in the past even though we would want to. The past is the past and the present is the present. For survivors of mother and baby institutions it was a deeply painful past. Mother and baby homes were institutions of the State and the Catholic Church. They were for "fallen women" to be banished and punished for the crime of having children out of...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Niamh Smyth: I thank Deputy Gino Kenny for sharing his very personal story with us this evening. In the 11 months since the report of the commission of investigation was published the Minister advanced legislation to allow for the exhumation in June, introduced draft legislation to allow access to birth and early life information and to open the commission's archive to over 300 survivors. I...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Cormac Devlin: I welcome the opportunity to discuss the Government's proposed redress scheme for people who spent time in mother and baby homes. As the Taoiseach noted in his apology earlier this year, the State failed these women and children. It did not uphold its duty of care or the basic standards of humanity. An apology alone is not enough. There must be accountability, redress and justice for...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Emer Higgins: Thousands of women passed through the doors of mother and baby homes in this country. From the testimonials we have heard from the many survivors, we know that their trauma was unspeakable. Women were abused and forced to give birth in horrific circumstances and were treated like they were dirty, like they were sinners and as if they had committed the worst crimes imaginable, when, in fact,...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Patricia Ryan: Cuirim fáilte roimh an deis labhairt ar an ábhar seo. Is ábhar an-tábhachtach é. I have had a number of engagements with the Minister on this issue and I believe he wants to do right by survivors, the victims of the terrible regime that was the mother and baby home system. I urge him to resist the conservative forces of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. It is not too...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Holly Cairns: This redress scheme comes after years of shocking headlines and devastating revelations. It comes after countless survivors bravely telling their stories, incredible work by journalists and researchers, a deeply flawed commission of investigation and a consultation process run by the current Minister. After all of that, it is simply unbelievable that the scheme does not do survivors...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: On 16 November 2021, the Government published An Action Plan for Survivors and Former Residents of Mother and Baby and County Home Institutions. I worked closely with the Minister on progressing this action plan and I welcome the redress part of it. However, I must raise immediately the need for an interim payment for those survivors who are older. Time is not on their side. They have...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Réada Cronin: What we see in this proposed redress scheme is the presence of too many experts but not enough expertise. In the context of what the State did to mothers and babies, it is unthinkable that this Government would task anybody with formulating this scheme without applying the necessary expertise on the effects of abandonment, separation and removal. The work of psychologist, John Bowlby, on...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the second opportunity this week to speak for the Labour Party on this really important matter. It is helpful to come back a second time in the same week to discuss this matter and engage with the Minister. First, I express my sincere sympathies on behalf of my Labour Party colleagues to all survivors and their families. All Oireachtas Members have received a great deal of...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Malcolm Noonan: Like other colleagues I put on record my sympathy for the survivors of mother and baby homes and county home institutions. The Minister, Deputy O'Gorman, has engaged extensively and very often on a one-to-one basis with survivors of mother and baby homes and these county home institutions. He did this, listening with empathy and compassion, to ensure he and his officials could gain greater...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Martin Kenny: We have had this debate for years. Even in the last Dáil we had similar debates about mother and baby institutions. I use the word "institutions" because they certainly were not homes for the women who ended up there. This week, I spoke to a woman who told me about her mother who, as a 15-year-old, was bought by her father and the parish priest in a horse and trap to one of these...

Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Paul Donnelly: Anybody who has seen any of the debates or has had contact with people affected will know how desperately hurt people have been over this. I know it is extremely difficult to come up with something that will address all the issues but we need to try. They have asked us to ask the Minister some questions about the proposed scheme. We have all received emails on them in recent days. Some of...

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