State fails to understand need for openness and transparency
Last week’s controversy over the Mother and Baby Homes files shows that Ireland needs to regard sealing records as a last resort, not as the norm
The decision to seal the records of the investigation into the Mother and Baby Homes met with predictable outrage last week. It is yet another example of this state’s poor grasp on the need for transparency.
Mother and Baby Homes existed in Ireland since the foundation of the state until the last one closed in 1998. The institutions housed women and girls who were pregnant and unmarried.
In 2015, the then government established the...
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