Saturday 18 November 2017

Tusla: Support must be given to mother and baby homes' victims

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

The boss of the national child and family agency has said that support needs to be given to the victims and survivors of the mother and baby homes.

Speaking in Dublin earlier today, Gordon Jeyes said that the current crisis is “last big untold story”, and that supports need to be made available- including a comprehensive digital archive of records.

“I think that is a complex issue.  Obviously it is important that country’s learn about their past. 

“I’m much more interested in the contemporary relevance, which is how we can use information to best support the people who have had the experience of these homes,” the chief executive of TUSLA said.

“And, therefore if this coverage brings attention to it, then it has got to be about making sure we do information and tracing as effective as possible, balancing people’s right to privacy with people’s right to identity and knowing their identity.”

He said that there needs to be “more investment in a digital archive to support information and tracing”, and that his organisation is “committed” to working with other agencies to achieve this support.

The Government will meet later today to discuss the calls for an official inquiry into the crisis.

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