Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte has given a cautious welcome to the recent publication of the Second Interim Report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, however she has warned that there are still large gaps in the report.

Deputy Rabbitte commented, “I have grave concerns about the length of time it has taken to see this report published.  The document has been sitting in the Minister’s office since last September, and I think the fact that it has taken six months to get to this point is inexcusable.  That being said, I am glad that this interim report is finally making its way into the public domain and that survivors can see how the Commission of Investigation is unfolding.

“There are still a large number of questions which remain unanswered, however.  The Minister’s response to this report does not address key issues about what survivors can expect from the Commission of Investigation.

“They still do not know whether or when the terms of reference might be expanded. While the Minister makes big statements about expanding health and wellbeing supports to survivors, she has made no commitment as to which services might be provided, to whom they will be provided, and when they will be made available.

“Fianna Fáil has always believed that the Commission of Investigation must be survivor-focused, and I will be calling on Minister Zappone to step up her engagement with survivor groups to ensure that their concerns are fully addressed”.