Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (220)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

220. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the Bethany Home this month as committed to on 25 June 2013. [35789/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I met with members of the Bethany Survivors Group together with Minister for State Kathleen Lynch on Tuesday 16 April. The Group raised the question of their inclusion within the Residential Institutions Redress scheme or a similar type scheme designed for children who had been in the Bethany Home. They also raised the question of access to personal records, a memorial and an apology. Many of the issues raised fall outside the remit of my Department. However, I informed the group that I would consider the matter in consultation with my cabinet colleagues and revert back to them. That consultation is ongoing and I hope to be in a position to respond shortly.