QUINN SAYS THEY’RE NOT LOOKING TO BLAME ANYONE ON BABY HOMES
The Education Minister says we should assemble the facts before agreeing to set up a full inquiry into the deaths of hundreds of babies at mother and baby homes in Ireland in the 1940s and 50s.
Ruairi Quinn says there is a lot of misinformation out there about the high mortality rates at the various homes which were run by religious orders.
He says that the State must first assemble the facts before deciding on whether an inquiry is needed.
And he says that conservative Ireland is to blame for the way that single mothers and their children were dealt with.
“First and foremost we should have an assemblage of all of the facts, not the lurid headlines which were quite misleading – and then decide whether an investigation or anything else is actually necessary” he said.
“But we should start with the facts and make sure that we have all of the facts”.
“And it’s not about looking for victims or looking to blame somebody, because if anything conservative Ireland was to blame back in the 50s and 40s and 30s” eh added.