At 1.30 this afternoon survivors of Mother and Baby Homes will get their first glance at the long-awaited report by the Commission of Investigation into the institutions.
The survivors and supporters will be joined by the Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman through a webinar meeting, as Covid 19 restrictions prevent an actual meeting and after that they will get access online to the extensive report.
Before that, Minister O'Gorman will seek approval from Cabinet for the publication of the Report.
Over the past five years, the commission has been establishing what occurred in 14 mother-and-baby homes and four county homes.
The institutions, which are spread across the country, operated between the 1920s and the 1990s.
The Commission of Investigation was established after Galway based historian Catherine Corless discovered death certificates for almost 800 infants at a home run by the Bon Secours Sisters in Tuam. However, she discovered there were no burial records.
Public outcry resulted in a Commission of Investigation being established by the then minister for children Charlie Flanagan.
In 2015, it was given the task of investigating and reporting on what occurred in 18 institutions across the Country, including Tuam.
Catherine told Midwest News this morning that there is a level of anxiety among survivors ahead of this afternoon’s meeting. They hope, she explained, that the Report will provide the recognition they require about what happened to them and their mothers.