Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2530)

Peadar Tóibín

Ceist:

2530. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when she will publish the first report from the collaborative forum of former residents of mother and baby homes in its entirety. [31807/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

When I published the recommendations of the Forum's first report in April 2019, I explained that the full report could not be published at that time because it included commentary and potential evidence on matters which are currently being examined by a statutory Commission of Investigation. The legal advice received from the Attorney General indicated that the report should not be published ahead of the Commission’s final report which is scheduled for February 2020.

I met with members of the Collaborative Forum to explain the position prior to wider public communications on the Government's initial response to the recommendations. I also committed to revisiting the question of publication once the Commission has delivered its report, subject to seeking further advice from the Attorney General.