The government was pushed by the outcry of the general public to provide the survivors of Mother and Baby Homes the clarification, that they will be allowed access their personal information. That’s the view of long time campaigner Breeda Murphy, of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance. She was speaking to Midwest News today.
In a statement last night, the Government said it had “a detailed reflection" on the issues raised in recent days and "acknowledges and regrets the genuine hurt felt by many people".
It follows the passing into law last week of a controversial Bill, which would see records being sealed for three decades and personal data of survivors accessed only through a third part - Tusla.
The Government last night clarified that adoptees and survivors of mother-and-baby homes are legally entitled to access their personal data.
However those seeking information through GDPR laws will have to prove their application does not infringe on the rights of others.
A row over the treatment of sensitive data currently in the possession of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation has caused widespread distress for adoptees and survivors, and led to a political backlash that is said to have taken the coalition by surprise.
The final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother & Baby Homes is due for completion tomorrow, and will be published at a later date.
According to Breeda Murphy, it is hoped the report will be in the public domain before Christmas.
Yesterday’s government statement also said it will urgently proceed with the legislation to provide for sensitive and appropriate actions at the burial site at the former Mother & Baby Home in Tuam.