We discuss one of Ireland’s longest ongoing scandals, Bethany Home.
Since posting this podcast, the Department of Children responded to the questions I asked with this statement;
“Bethany Home and its eligibility under the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 is a matter for the Department of Education and Skills.
However, Bethany Home is included within the terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters. The Commission established by Government on the 17th February 2015. The independent Commission was set up to investigate the experience of mothers and children resident in Mother and Baby Homes and a representative sample of County Homes.
It is our hope that this work will help us all come to a better understanding of how society treated mothers and children in these homes, and how attitudes, policy and legislation changed over the period. This will be a significant first step in righting the shame and hurt unjustly inflicted on vulnerable women and children at a time when they were most in need of our care and support.
The Commissions of Investigation Act 2004, together with the terms of reference set out in S.I. No. 57 of 2015, provide this Commission with the legal powers necessary to conduct a full and transparent inquiry into the broad range of concerns in relation to Mother and Baby Homes. However, it is important to be clear that a Commission’s investigations are not
criminal investigations. While the Commission of Investigation cannot bring criminal charges, if its Reports reveal issues of concern which are potentially criminal in nature these will of course be referred to the appropriate investigative and prosecution authorities for further consideration.
The Commission’s final report is due to be submitted in February 2018.”
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