Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (682)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

682. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the reason the May 2019 meeting of the collaborative forum of former residents of mother and baby homes and related institutions did not take place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26060/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Following the receipt of the Collaborative Forum's first report, I signalled the opportunity to take some time to reflect upon the learning from the process to date. In this way the mandate of the Forum can be refined to further enhance the State's engagement with former residents.

Ahead of holding a meeting with the Forum, I intend to examine how best to conduct a focused interim evaluation which involves the Forum members and considers important issues relating to the Forum's composition and mandate.

I am also actively considering the composition of the Forum to ensure the continuity of the process.

I hope to engage directly with Forum members on the future of the Forum in the coming weeks.