Ruane, Lynn

Friday, 16 October 2020

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages

I thank the Minister for attending. I oppose these amendments, especially amendment No. 7. I am speaking in response to the idea that we are honouring people's confidentiality and honouring our w...More Button

  I will leave it at that. It is not fair to say that we are honouring people. Hundreds of people are contacting us to tell us that they wanted to give their evidence to this commission...More Button

Senator McDowell has obviously admitted it already so he should go ahead.More Button

I will pick up on a point Senator Dolan made. She said that this legislation is required for the data to be transferred. Our GDPR legislation allows for the transfer of data in the public interes...More Button

I will speak to amendment No. 26. This amendment is a variation of the cross-party amendment No. 24 but its purpose is the same. It seeks to clarify how GDPR and the related sections of the Data ...More Button

  Our concern is that Tusla has relied on highly conservative interpretations of the GDPR as to what information can be released to the survivors who request it. In correspondence with t...More Button

I need to respond to the Minister because I will be pressing my amendment. It is disappointing the way the sections are being so narrowly considered. The entire premise of the 2004 Act is not sec...More Button

I move amendment No. 13:More Button

Amendments Nos. 25 and 27 relate to the contents of the records being deposited with the Minister under this Act. An index that was appropriately anonymised would be vital in ensuring that the rec...More Button

  It would also be important as a sign to survivors that light will eventually be shed on the records proposed to be sealed under this Bill. As the Minister is aware, we are here because...More Button

  I understand that there may be an issue with the publication of the report to the public and therefore there may be a delay between the Minister receiving the report and survivors being...More Button

  Coming so soon after the controversy surrounding this Bill and the information and tracing legislation, we need to be as open and transparent as possible with survivors about the proces...More Button

  Regarding amendment No. 25, as the Minister will now be fully aware, the process that has been used to move this Bill through the Oireachtas and to investigate the mother and baby home...More Button

  While such an approach may be appropriate for less sensitive matters on which commissions have investigated in the past, such as Siteserv, it is categorically wrong to make such a requi...More Button

  It is too late to go back and choose a different investigation under a different legislative instrument for the mother and baby homes. We raised our concerns about the decision back in...More Button

  It is a sad reality that the mother and baby homes may not be the last time we have to investigate such a matter, as other issues may come to light in future. As we have demonstrated t...More Button

  With amendment No. 25, I ask the Minister to start this work and to bring proposals for reform. I realise that I neglected to set a time limit on this report, which I would do if I had...More Button

  I wish to make a brief point on an index. There is some concern among historians about what the documents may cover and the format they ma...More Button

I move amendment No. 26:More Button

I move amendment No. 27:More Button

  Question proposed: “That section 6 stand part of the Bill.”More Button

I move amendment No. 28:

In page 5, between lines 31 and 32, to insert the following:

“Legislative Review

7. (1) The Minister shall conduct a review of the ...More Button

I understand what the Minister is saying about collective responsibility and how these investigations can fall under other Departments. However, while we wait on other people to do something, that...More Button

  Section 7 agreed to.More Button

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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

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Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed)

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Shannon Group: Motion (Resumed)

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