TD Question of the Week
A Dáil debate on the discovery of human remains at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home was delayed last week after not enough TDs showed up.
We asked our local Galway representatives if they were present for the debate.
Were you present in the Dáil for the debate on the discovery of human remains at the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam on Thursday, 9 March?
Seán Kyne (FG): NO
“On Wednesday afternoon I travelled back to Galway to attend and speak at NUI Galway’s Energy Night as organised by students there that evening. The theme was ‘Ireland’s Response to the Paris Agreement’ - climate change. As a result I was not back in the Dáil for the statements on Thursday morning. The recent revelations concerning the Tuam Mother and Baby Home are disturbing, unsettling and very sad. The Commission of Investigation has confirmed what many believed, including Catherine Coreless who has worked on this for so long.
In January 2015 I spoke in the Dáil and welcomed the establishment of the Commission of Investigation and referenced the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
The Coroner for North Galway has a statutory role in determining how to proceed but I welcome Galway County Council’s work on consulting residents and people impacted by the Home.
The work of the Commission in ongoing and I think it is vitally important that the Commission continue and conclude its work as soon as possible.”
Hildegarde Naughton (FG): YES
“Yes I was in attendance.”
Catherine Connolly (Ind): YES
“Yes, I was in the Dáil for the debate on Thursday. I have attached my contribution. I had leaders’ questions on Wednesday and used the opportunity to raise the issue directly with the Taoiseach; also attached.”
Eamon Ó Cuív (FF): ?
Deputy Ó Cuív failed to respond to the question at the time of going to print.
Noel Grealish (Ind): NO
A spokesperson for Deputy Grealish stated that, “Noel has travelled out of the country on a trade delegation to China in advance of St. Patrick’s Day. He will not be returning until St. Patrick’s Day. This delegation has travelled from Galway.”
It is understood Deputy Grealish returned to Galway last Thursday for meetings and left for China that night.
Seán Canney (Ind): YES
“I was present and contributed to the Mother and Baby Home Dáil debate. If you wish I can send you a clip of my contribution.”
Anne Rabbitte (FF): YES
“I was I spoke for 12 minutes. My video is up on my Facebook.”
Ciarán Cannon (FG): ?
Deputy Cannon failed to respond to the question at the time of going to print.
Eugene Murphy (FF): NO
“I can confirm that I was not in the Dáil Chamber for the start of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Discussion on Thursday morning. The reason for this was I had meetings to attend that morning which had been confirmed prior to me receiving the Dáil schedule that week- one of which was a Committee meeting. However, I was present later in the discussion and I have been present all other times the issue has arisen through Leaders Questions etc.”
Michael Fitzmaurice (Ind): YES
“If you look at my Facebook you will be able to see my speech in the Dáil on the Tuam Mother and Baby case.”
Denis Naughten (Ind): NO
A spokesperson for Minister Naughten stated that, “Minister Naughten was not present for this debate due to a long standing pre-arranged waste management event with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in his capacity as Minister for the Environment. The Minister was launching and addressing the National Forum on Food Waste in conjunction with the EPA and a number of other national and international agencies were present. Minister Naughten was announcing a series of policy initiatives at this launch in the area of waste management.
I understand the debate was brought forward in the Dáil schedule and therefore it unfortunately clashed with the Minister’s event.
The Whips Office in Dáil Éireann was aware in advance of the Minister’s prior engagement.”
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