Government backbencher abstains from mother-and-baby vote

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A Government backbencher has abstained on votes on the draft terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Related Matters.

Tánaiste Joan Burton described Labour TD Anne Ferris’ differences with the Government over its draft order as a “slight” one.

Ms Ferris, who spent her first days in a mother-and-baby home, criticised the lack of objectivity in the Government’s selection of the 14 individual institutions the commission is to investigate.

“This inquiry requires great sensitivity, an open door and a listening ear for all the witnesses to this dark corner of Ireland’s past, regardless of the title above the door of the institution where they once lived”.

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