Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (384)

Jennifer Whitmore

Question:

384. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of calls made by survivors of mother and baby homes to support services, including mental health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2890/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

My Department has established a dedicated telephone information line available for people seeking further information about the Commission of Investigation's Final Report. The Department’s information line can be contacted on 01-6473200 from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6pm or via email at motherandbabyhomes@equality.gov.ie

Between publication of the Report and close of business on 18th January, my Department received 267 calls to the information line and 580 emails to the dedicated mailbox. My officials are working through these contacts to address the questions and requests received from survivors and other stakeholders.

The specific information requested by the Deputy on contacts to mental health services is not readily available to my Department. As these health services are funded by the Department of Health, that department may be able to source the information from the Health Service Executive.