The Tuam Mother and Baby Alliance is calling for a state apology from the Taoiseach in the Dail as distinct from what it terms a “Ministerial apology” in the Seanad on Tuesday night last.
The Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman made an apology on behalf of the Government to people affected by illegal birth registrations in the Seanad.
PRO of Tuam Mother and Baby Allaince, Breeda Murphy, says it is simply not enough.
In the Seanad, Minister Roderic O'Gorman stated that he was "truly sorry" for the "deep hurt and anguish" experienced by people affected by the illegal birth registrations.
He told Senators that what happened "was a historic wrong with deep and enduring impacts.
"Those who were knowingly involved in the illegal registration of births, committed a grave offence which robbed children of their identity and their right to an accurate birth registration.
"For this, I am truly sorry and I apologise on behalf of the Government."
The Tuam Mother and Baby Alliance is now demanding that a state apology comes from the Taoiseach in the Dail, as they say that in excess of 20,000 people in this country have had their identities compromised by illegal birth registrations. Yet she claims that the government’s figure on people directly impacted by illegal birth registrations stands at just 150.
Minister O’Gorman stated in the Seanad that the Birth Information and Tracing Bill had been amended, and now addresses "many of the issues" affecting directly on people affected by illegal birth registrations and he looked forward to working with the Seanad on the legislation.
Breeda has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley why the Tuam Mother and Baby Allaince and so many other groups, and individuals, are not satisfied with an apology in the Seanad by Minister O’Gorman earlier this week…