State settlement with mother and baby home survivors could have ‘dramatic consequences’

The state’s admission that former residents should have got a copy of the Commission of Investigation report may change how things are run in future

19th December, 2021
State settlement with mother and baby home survivors could have ‘dramatic consequences’
Philomena Lee, had argued that they were readily identifiable in the report, despite not being named. Picture: Fergal Phillips

A settlement reached by the state with survivors of mother and baby homes may have “dramatic consequences” for the way future Commissions of Investigation are run, according to legal submissions heard in the High Court last month.

The state acknowledged late last week that the rights of eight former residents of mother and baby homes were breached by failure to provide them with a draft report by the Commission of Investigation prior to...

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