Joan Burton Speaks Ahead Of Mother and Baby Homes Report Publication

The final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has been discussed by Cabinet and is being presented to survivors and advocates before publication later today.

The details of the report were leaked over the weekend before survivors were told about the findings, something the Taoiseach has described as “regrettable” – Micheal Martin is to issue a state apology in the Dáil later this week.

The report is expected to reveal that 9,000 children died in the 18 institutions which were investigated.


Former Labour Leader Joan Burton is calling on Micheal Martin to promise legislation will finally be put in place to allow people access to their own information.

The Former Tánaiste, who herself spent time in Temple Hill baby home when she was an infant and she spoke to Gavin Grace on Tuesday’s Morning Focus, about the emotional impact of today’s publication.