Senator Alice-Mary Higgins speaking on the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

Speaking about the report and the response of both Church and State, Senator Higgins said: "Like many others, I was frustrated  & angered by the tone & framing in the report produced by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Today, in the Seanad, I spoke about the responsibility of Church & State’s & the need now for actions guided  by the voices, demands and needs of survivors of these institutions & the wider system of control & abuse. They must receive both redress & justice!"  

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins speaking on the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes Bill

In the Seanad, Senator Higgins spoke at length at Committee Stage against the most harmful provisions contained in this Bill. She argued that it undermines the ability of adoptees and surviviors of institutional abuse to access justice.

Specifically at this point of the debate the Senator urged the Minister and other Senators to ensure that the rights of the individual to have their experiences acknowledged is essential if there is to be any form of justice for adoptees and survivors.