Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (535)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

535. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the status of the investigation into the leak of the report of the mother and baby homes commission of investigation to a newspaper (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8444/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I was appalled at the leaking of the report. It was wholly unacceptable and disrespectful to survivors. I secured Government agreement to a full investigation of this incident. The Secretary General of the Department of An Taoiseach is currently investigating the matter. As part of this process, he will examine the broader issue of unauthorised dissemination of documentation and other information related to the work of the Cabinet and its sub-committees.

It is not possible to say when the investigation will be completed . As there are a number of aspects to this it is not clear how long it will take to deal satisfactorily with each of them. I can assure the Deputy that this matter is being pursued to the full and without delay.