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Clare submitted a question to the Minister on his plans to consult with survivors of abuse in residential industrial schools to develop a survivor-led strategy to provide support for those survivors who need more help and a question on locating a premises for Malahide/Portmarnock Educate together. Unfortunately her questions were not selected from the lottery for debate, but you can read the Minister’s responses below.

For Oral Answer on : 06/12/2017
Question Number(s): 52 Question Reference(s): 51991/17
Department: Education and Skills
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QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to facilitate requests for consultation talks with survivors of residential industrial schools in order to develop a survivor lead strategy to provide support for those survivors that are looking for more help; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

At a recent meeting with survivors, I expressed a willingness to have a series of consultation meetings around the country, led by and for survivors of institutional abuse.  The purpose of these meetings will be to enable survivors to reflect on their experiences, the State’s response to the issue of institutional abuse and to make any recommendations they wish to make.   The detail of how this can happen is being worked out and Department officials are in contact with survivors.
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Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors


SURVIVORS DEMAND IMMEDIATE ACTION BY TAOISEACH

Survivors of Ireland’s notorious Mother and Baby homes and related institutions expressed their OUTRAGE fury at the one year delay to the final report of the Mother and Baby home inquiry headed by Judge Murphy. The survivor community is elderly and dying and many hundreds have already died since the Tuam 800 story broke in May 2014 and the Government announced an inquiry.

CMABS demanded in 2014 that the Government needed to form an “inquiry of modules” where each individual Mother and Baby home was examined in relation to the aging survivors, as a matter of urgency and furthermore that an immediate Acknowledge, Apology and Redress was offered to the different groups of elderly survivors after each module.

CMABS again demands that the Government and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar immediately offer: an Acknowledgment of the horror of the Mother and Baby homes, an official Apology to the survivor community and, an interim Redress payment to the elderly and dying survivor community before any more of us die.

Paul Redmond (Chairperson of CMABS) said:

“This is yet another delaying tactic by the Government to deny survivors truth and justice. The current inquiry is already too limited and excludes many survivors and this delay will now enure that thousands more survivors are denied justice by death.”

Clodagh Malone of Beyond Adoption Ireland said:

“This is utterly shameful. Our community are heartbroken and devastated. Tears are flowing.”

Derek Leinster of the Bethany Home Survivors group ’98 said:

“Living survivors must always take priority over inquiries and reports. We need an immediate and final result for the handful of elderly Bethany survivors who are left alive. There are 227 names on the Bethany Memorial in Mount Jerome cemetery and this Government have now added more names of victims to that Memorial  by this disgusting delaying tactic.

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