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To: Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman

Extend the Lifetime of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission

Extend the Lifetime of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission

The lifetime of the commission must be extended by at least 12 months and until it can be made to explain the conclusions it reached and clarify how disputed claims were published as evidence.

Why is this important?

Natural justice will not be served if the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes is allowed to close down with so many unanswered questions, not least about its own functioning and some of the conclusions in its report.
A legal enquiry that publishes conclusions and testimonies that are disputed by those who gave them and then destroys evidence cannot provide closure.
There are so many unanswered questions about the manner in which this commission was run and the way it reached its conclusions that it must be held to account.
This commission must not be added to the list of inquiries that have added insult to the injuries of survivors and helped mask the truth. Theatening that an extension will delay compensation for survivors is not germane. Survivors want the truth. We ALL want the truth.

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Updates

2021-02-24 11:36:31 +0000

This is disgraceful and cowardly!
Sensing that members might break ranks, the government will allow the non-binding motion to pass because they can simply ignore it.

2021-02-24 11:31:46 +0000

The Government has blocked the Bill on the Mother and Baby Homes with a money message. This meant that a non-binding motion had to be submitted which the government can ignore.

2021-02-24 11:15:33 +0000

This morning we emailed the petition with 135 signatures to [email protected] and [email protected].
A motion to extend the lifetime of the commission is currently being debated in the Dáil.
Disappointingly, the government has decided not to allow deputies a free vote on this motion and will impose party whips on the vote.

2021-02-23 20:08:14 +0000

100 signatures reached

2021-02-22 21:12:52 +0000

50 signatures reached

2021-02-21 22:12:44 +0000

25 signatures reached

2021-02-20 17:04:10 +0000

10 signatures reached