The only difference between those who incarcerated our people in the past in institutions like the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, is that those who do so now, are in suits in parliament.
That’s the view of Breeda Murphy, the PRO of Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance. She was responding today to the approval last night in the Dail of a Bill that will transfer a database of 60,000 records created by a five-year State investigation into mother-and-baby homes to the child and family agency, Tusla.
The Commission of Investigation Records Bill was passed last night by 78 votes to 67 after a heated and emotional debate.
Among those who spoke strongly against it were Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh, and Independent deputies Catherine Connolly and Denis Naughten.
The Bill provides for the database of the commission of inquiry into the homes, like the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, to be transferred to Tulsa, which campaigners for survivors of the homes objected to because of concerns about access.
The remaining records will however be sealed for the next 30 years.
The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is expected to deliver its report at the end of this month (October). It was formed after the discovery of the remains of 800 children and babies on the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
In the Dail last night, Minister O’Gorman insisted the Bill did not seal the archive of the mother-and-baby homes and insisted he introduced the legislation “because it will take the database out of the archive and give it to Tusla.
Midwest News today asked Breeda why the people she represents are so upset and disturbed by yesterday’s decision