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Commission of Investigation – Mother and Baby Homes

 

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, on receiving the 2nd Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation

 

(Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters)



16th September 2016


The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has today submitted a 2nd Interim Report to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.


This Report has been prepared in response to the Minister’s request that the Commission would, in accordance with the requirements of Article 6 of its terms of reference, report on whether it considers any additional matters may warrant further investigation as part of the Commission’s work.


This request was made of the Commission in July when the Government agreed an extension of the time for the submission of two reports.


Upon receiving the Report, Minister Zappone said “I welcome this second Report and the progress being made by the Commission. It is my intention to publish the Report after I have an opportunity to study it carefully and to consider its findings. I will do so as quickly as possible as I am mindful that many people and their families have strong personal connections to the work of this Commission."


The Minister has today sent the Report to the Attorney General for her advices. The Minister will respond to the issues raised in the report in consultation with her cabinet colleagues.


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The National Counselling Service is also available to assist those affected.  The HSE National Counselling Service is a professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service available free of charge in all regions of the Health Service Executive for adults who have experienced trauma and abuse in childhood with priority given to adult survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland.   Callers to the HSE National Information line will be connected to a local service.

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Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) - www.tusla.ie or
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