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Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Ceisteanna (58)

Seán Canney

Ceist:

58. Deputy Seán Canney asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will provide assistance in the case of a person (details supplied). [59093/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The Commission of Investigation received records relating to the period 1922 to 1998 from a number of Institutions and sources as part of its investigation.  On 28 February last, following the dissolution of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, my Department became the data controller for all the personal data contained in the records that transferred from the Commission.  

While I am not in a position to comment on the particular circumstances of the individual referred to, my officials will be in contact with the person directly to assist them.  

Where a person receives information and documentation in response to a Subject Access Request and considers that the information is incorrect, the person may wish to exercise their right to rectification under GDPR.  

Where a request for rectification is submitted by an individual, my Department will consider all practical options as may be appropriate in each particular case including, for example, appending the text of a data subject’s comments to the record.  

Each request by a data subject to exercise their right to rectification of personal data will be considered on a case by case basis.  

I continue to be committed to vindicating the rights of each data subject in respect of their personal data. I am mindful that individuals may be receiving information from the archive for the first time and the Social worker employed in my Department is available to assist individuals.  

My officials are also available to assist individuals with exercising their rights and a dedicated helpline is available to provide information to individuals. Relevant details are available on my Department’s website.

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