Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Catherine Connolly has been critical of the final report of the Mother and Baby Home Commission – as well as the formal apology given today by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
She expressed an opinion in the Dáil this afternoon that the report fails to fully acknowledge and validate the experiences of those who passed through the home.
She argued it’s “incomprehensible” that the report concluded there is no evidence of women being forced into the homes.
She argued either we believe the hundreds of testimonies given to the commission or we don’t – and if we don’t, we’re only adding to the hurt and pain felt by victims and survivors.
Deputy Connolly also highlighted the high level of collusion between Galway County Council and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
Addressing Micheál Martin this afternoon, Deputy Connolly was critical of both the report and his apology:
City Council to publish all Part 8 planning applications online
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is to publish all Part 8 planning applications online.
Fianna Fail City Councillor John Connolly proposed uploading the documents to the Local Authority’s online planning system, where they could be publicly viewed – at this week’s meeting.
The City Chief Executive Brendan McGrath advised Councillor Connolly that it would be more appropriate to upload the documents to the City Council’s general website as the planning section was not designed to host Part 8 documents.
Meanwhile, Director of Services for Planning Ruth McNally advised the meeting that a new portal is being set up where the files can also be uploaded.
File sent to DPP over Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have sent a file to the DPP in relation to the investigation surrounding the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner, which was held in Connemara last summer.
81 people, including politicians and members of the judiciary attended the event in Clifden in August, during a period of COVID-19 restrictions.
Golfgate was followed by the resignation of Phil Hogan as EU Trade Commissioner and the resignation of former Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary.
A number of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael senators also lost the party whip as a result.
Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe was also in attendance, but a report by former Chief Justice Susan Denham found it would be unjust to seek his resignation.
Galway TD describes Commission report into Mother and Baby homes as ‘colour by numbers’ exercise
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The report from the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes has been described in the Dáil by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly as ‘a colour by numbers’ exercise where ‘the picture was pre-determined’
The Independent Deputy again raised the report in the Dáil this week arguing its conclusions are at odds with witness testimony.
Deputy Connolly questioned the findings of no evidence of forced adoptions and no evidence of pressure to put women into the institutions.
She also questioned the findings on vaccine trials with no side effects recorded, while a minimum of 10 thousand deaths were recorded at the homes.
The Galway West TD told the Dáil the report quotes ‘all of society’ and argued it was the ‘powerful in society’ while the government bowed down.
The Dáil heard the report described as a ‘colour by numbers’ exercise where the picture was pre-determined….
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