When Government approved the publication of the recommendations from the first report of the Collaborative Forum of former residents of Mother and Baby Homes on 16th April, it also agreed to progress a number of related measures.
Chief amongst these was a necessity for a comprehensive analysis of all of the Forum's recommendations. Individual Departments are required to analyse the policy, resource and legislative implications relevant to their respective Departments. This is a complex exercise given the scope and ambitious nature of many of the recommendations. Once this initial analysis and assessment is complete, my Department will further co-ordinate the responses received. It is my intention to review progress in this regard, and to convene an interdepartmental meeting with relevant Departments in the coming weeks.
Regarding recommendations that fall within the remit of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), work has already commenced on the detailed scoping necessary to implement a number of the Forum's recommendations including the proposed commemoration, memorialisation, research on language and terminology measures and considerations relevant to the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill, 2016.
Following the publication of the Collaborative Forum's recommendations, my colleague the Minister for Health convened a working group to develop specific proposals for a package of health and well-being supports. My officials are participating in this work and I understand that there have been six meetings to date, with a final meeting being held this week. This process is intended to facilitate considerations within the estimates process for Budget 2020.