Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy has called on the Minister for Children to confirm he is seeking extra funding from Government to support the Commission of Investigation into practices in Mother and Baby Homes.
Deputy Troy said a new budget allocation is needed to ensure resources are not taken away from current support structures for vulnerable children or child and family supports.
Deputy Troy commented: “We cannot have a situation where today’s services are put in jeopardy while these extremely sensitive and historical issues are dealt with by the Commission of Investigation. Fianna Fáil supports a fully resourced independent inquiry and we want to see it up and running as soon as possible. I believe this will require an additional budget allocation to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
“There are already a number of serious issues being dealt with by the Department including the need to increase childcare inspectors and social workers to support vulnerable children. These services should not have resources diverted from them in order to deal with the issues arising from Mother and Baby homes. I am calling on the Government to end any uncertainty around this issue quickly and move to provide specific additional resources for the Commission of Investigation. This funding package should also include provision for dedicated counselling and support services for former residents of Mother and Baby homes.”