To see the Minister’s press release please see here.
Following the publication on 12 January 2021 of the Final Report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, the Government has committed to a comprehensive action plan to respond to the needs of the former residents. A key element is the establishment of Restorative Recognition Scheme including financial recognition and a form of enhanced medical card.
The Government has engaged the assistance of OAK, an independent consultancy company, to lead a public consultation process to find out from all interested parties what they want from a Restorative Recognition Scheme. This process will take place between 10 and 31 March 2021. [Please note that this consultation relates to the Restorative Recognition Scheme only. Consultation in relation to other aspects of the Government Action Plan are being addressed separately and will be publicised in due course.]
You can tell us what you think should be included in this scheme in two ways: - by making a written submission and/or by registering your interest in attending an online consultation group facilitated by the consultant.
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Block 1, Miesian Plaza, 50 – 58 Lower Baggot Street , D02 XW14
The closing date for receipt of written submissions is the 31 March 2021.
In addition as part of the consultation process OAK Consulting will undertake a number of consultation events with interested parties between 18 March and 31 March 2021. Due to the ongoing public health situation, these events will take place online.
Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis. In order to meet demand and facilitate as wide a participation as possible at these sessions, it may be necessary to limit the numbers attending from any one organisation.
To register your interest in participating in an Online Consultation Meeting please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible. Closing date for registration for online meetings is 24 March 2021.
If you have any queries in relation to the process of making a submission or registering for an Online Consultation Meeting you can contact the information helpline at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth at 01-6473200.
What Your Submission Should Include
The Government acknowledges the previous testimonies, information and sharing of experience, bravely provided by the former residents of the Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes. The focus of this consultation is to seek submissions on what should be included in a Restorative Recognition Scheme, as reparation for the wrongs that occurred.
A Guideline has been prepared which may help you to make a submission. It can be downloaded using the following link
or requested by email from email@example.com
Please note that submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and may also be published as part of a final report on the Restorative Recognition Scheme. Any personal data submitted as part of the consultation process will be treated in accordance with the requirements of the GDPR and the Data Protection Acts 1998 - 2018.