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Thursday, 25 February 2021

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Photo of Jennifer WhitmoreJennifer Whitmore (Wicklow, Social Democrats)
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192. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will publish the full minutes of the collaborative forum on mother and baby homes meetings including the full contributions of forum members; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10632/21]

Roderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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The minutes of the meetings of the Collaborative Forum are published on my Department's website. The facilitator to the Collaborative Forum has been requested to prepare minutes of the two most recent meetings and these will be agreed with participants in the first instance.

Normal practice for minute taking, as agreed by the membership of the Forum at one of its first meetings, has been that notes of meeting are captured, with minutes drafted and circulated for comments and observations by members, before being adopted and then published.

The minutes of these meetings are intended to record issues discussed and actions arising from the discussion. The minutes of a meeting are not intended to produce a verbatim transcript of all contributions. Forum meetings must provide a safe space for all participants to speak freely and, for this reason, it was agreed that Forum meeting would not be recorded by any party.

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