Thursday, 21 January 2021

Questions (260, 265)

Holly Cairns

Question:

260. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the proposed contents of the redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes; the eligibility criteria for same ; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3186/21]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

265. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes suggests, and if he will consider, the inclusion of all women and survivors of all mother and baby homes in the country when awarding redress; if it will be limited to specified mother and baby homes or certain cohorts of women and survivors; if the latter is the case, the way in which redress will be decided upon; if he will provide information on these specified groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3324/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 260 and 265 together.

The Commission has made clear recommendations in relation to redress on the basis of its extensive 5-year investigation. Notably, the Commission identifies three specific groups for whom it recommends redress might be considered.

The Government has made a very significant and early commitment to accept these recommendations and design a bespoke Restorative Recognition Scheme. An Inter-Departmental Group (IDG), to be led by my Department, will now commence the detailed work to scope the terms and conditions for the scheme. My Secretary General will Chair the IDG and nominations have been sought from relevant departments and agencies. The IDG will examine the three specific groups identified by the Commission, but is not restricted to these.

It is intended that the scheme will be designed as quickly as possible in 2021. The IDG is tasked with reporting by the end of April to enable specific proposals to be brought to Government.

This is a hugely important process for all connected to these institutions and I will be working with colleagues and survivors to advance these matters as a priority.