Advocacy groups assisting people affected by Ireland’s treatment of unmarried mothers and their children have urged the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to be proactive in inviting submissions to its key investigation committee.
Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) and the Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) say they have discovered that people who thought they had made a submission for the purpose of the commission’s investigation had in fact just met with the body’s confidential committee.
In a joint statement, the groups have urged the commission to explain to those affected the different powers of both committees.
They welcomed yesterday’s interim report from the commission, which persuaded the Government to extend the timeline for its three reports, allowing them all to be published in February 2018 instead of adhering to the original staggered timeline which envisaged the final report alone being published on that date.
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