Have the negotiations between the state and religious orders on redress for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes broken down ? That’s the question now being asked by Breeda Murphy, PRO of the the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance.
The question arises as yesterday Minister Roderic O’ Gorman secured Government approval to engage Ms Sheila Nunan to act on his behalf in leading the process of negotiation with all religious bodies who had a historical involvement in Mother and Baby and County Home Institutions.
The Minister also announced yesterday the appointment of Mr Daniel Mac Sweeney as the Director to oversee the excavation and recovery of children’s remains at the site of the former Mother and Baby Institution in Tuam.
Mr Mac Sweeney will head up the independent Office that has been established under the Institutional Burials Act 2022 to oversee the important and highly sensitive work of ensuring the children’s remains at the site of the former Mother and Baby Institution in Tuam are recovered and re-interred in a respectful and appropriate way. His appointment follows a recruitment competition run by the Public Appointments Service.
Work is ongoing to establish core staffing and administrative structures, and to appoint an Advisory Board to support Mr Mac Sweeney in his work.
Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley asked Breeda whats likely to happen now in Tuam that a Director Mr Mac Sweeney is in place…..