Statement from The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, on Terms of Reference for Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

By Lynn Glanville

Archbishop Michael Jackson has commented on the Government’s publication of its terms of reference for a Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matter today:

“I welcome today’s announcement of the Terms of Reference for an investigation into mother and baby homes and a range of related matters to be chaired by Ms Justice Yvonne Murphy. I note that three Protestant homes will be considered,
one of which is Bethany Home. Bethany Home has been a matter of significant concern to a number of former residents, the Bethany Survivors Group, with whom I have met on several occasions. As I have said previously I have been conscious of the strength of their feeling that the State has not examined the Home in a similar way to other institutions, until now. For this reason, among others, I welcome today’s news. The plight of those who have suffered and still suffer remains a pastoral concern to me.”

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