The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone is to visit Tuam on Monday evening next.

During the visit she is expected to take time listening to the views of people on the future of the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

Speaking ahead of the visit Minister Zappone said:

“As I prepare to make a recommendation to Government on the future of children’s remains and the site of the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, I am anxious to have another opportunity to hear first-hand the views of people affected.

The consultation by Galway County Council as well as legal and expert advice will help inform my decision. However I do firmly believe that all voices must be given an opportunity to be heard.

The Minister will hold a meeting at 7pm at the Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown Road, Tuam, Co. Galway next Monday.

Minister Zappone has extended an invitation to all those who believe they have yet to be heard and those who wish to support previously express views, to attend.

Minister Zappone said that notwithstanding the complexities surrounding the future of the site, it is important that the decisions which are taken are just, credible and transparent.

Next Monday’s gathering is another step to ensure we achieve those goals.”

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