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Council supports call for mother and baby home inquiry

Newry Mourne & Down Council has agreed to support the call for a human-rights compliant inquiry into alleged abuses at former mother and baby homes. 

Welcoming the outcome, Sinn Féin councillor Liz Kimmins, who presented her Party’s motion to the Council at last Monday’s full meeting of council, said, 

“I welcome Council support for this motion and hopefully it will help to make this proposal a reality for the victims and survivors who continue to campaign for the justice they deserve”.

“In 2013, the Irish government released the McAleese report which set out to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries in the 26 counties,” explained Ms Kimmins.

“As many of us will know, this report uncovered the horrific suffering that many women and girls, and their children suffered in these mother and baby homes, and it concluded that there was a great deal of state involvement in these cases.

 “The publication of the McAleese report subsequently encouraged many more women to come forward and tell their stories in the North, and this highlighted to some degree the similarity of the abuse that occurred across Ireland.

The Sinn Fein councillor added that her party had subsequently brought the motion to council “to ensure that those victims and survivors who were incarcerated in similar institutions in the North, have their voices heard and are given the formal recognition they deserve for the suffering they too have endured at the hands of the state and religious institutions”.

 The motion was unanimously supported by all councillors at a full meeting of Council on Monday last (5th February).