Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1341)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

1341. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a person (details supplied) has completed their examination into the legal and scientific considerations relating to the collection of DNA samples by the State for the purpose of returning human remains in Tuam, County Galway, to identifiable relatives for dignified burial; and if so, when the report will be published. [18442/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I received Prof. Shannon's report on the collection of DNA samples from Tuam survivors on 15 April. I am considering the implications of the report for a possible voluntary administrative scheme, and have also sought the advice of the Attorney General. I expect to bring a memo to government in the near future to seek government approval to publish the report.