Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (187)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

187. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the report of the commission of investigation into mother and baby homes has been delivered to persons in cardboard boxes, unbound, loose-leaf, being almost 3,000 loose pages; the instructions given to the external company engaged to deliver the reports in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7516/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I thank the Deputy for informing me of this matter, which my Department will investigate with the printing company and distributor. In the meantime, my Department would be happy to arrange for the report to be collected and another supplied if the individual concerned wishes to contact my Department.

The contractual agreement in place with the printing company is for the 3000 page report to printed in 6 volumes. Each of the volumes is individually thread bound for additional robustness and the set of 6 is appropriately boxed for distribution.

My Department has engaged the services of a separate distribution company to deliver the boxed report directly to individual households. I am advised that hundreds of the reports have been successfully delivered.