Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (841, 842, 843)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

841. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she has established a scheme to fund memorials at the location of mother and baby institutions. [30705/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

842. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if financial support is provided to mother and baby home survivors for the purpose of commemoration events. [30706/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

843. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the status of the working group to develop a national memorial that commemorates, respects and honours mothers and children held in mother and baby homes. [30707/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 841 to 843, inclusive, together.

These proposed memorialisation measures to which the Deputy refers arise from the Government's initial response to the recommendations in the First Report from the Collaborative Forum of former residents of Mother and Baby Homes.

My Department has already commencing the detailed scoping work necessary to implement the proposed memorialisation measures. It is also my intention to further consult with the Forum as we develop the specific schemes.

When Government approved publication of the Forum's recommendations on 16th April, it also agreed to progress a number of initial related measures. Chief amongst these was a necessity for a comprehensive analysis of all of the recommendations in the report, with individual Department's to conduct an assessment of the policy, resource and legislative of recommendations relevant to their respective Departments. I expect to receive feedback from relevant Departments shortly. Once this initial analysis and assessment is complete, my Department will further co-ordinate the response in respect of a number of the recommendations, particularly those relating to Memorialisation.