Teachta Browne said:
“This ruling vindicates the serious misgivings that survivors of Mother and Baby Homes had with the
Report insofar as they were denied the right to comment on its draft findings which were
subsequently described as misleading and inaccurate by survivors.
“This High Court ruling backs up the claims that have been made since day one of its publication that
the Report does not accurately reflect survivors’ experiences and lacks credibility.
“Paragraphs in the accounts relating to Roscrea’s Sean Ross Abbey are among the extracts
“Over and over again, throughout the decades, the survivors have had to fight for justice.
“They had to fight for their voices to be heard. Unfortunately, despite the hope that the publication
of the Report would put an end to that, it was not to be.
“The moment the Report was published, survivors contacted me expressing their serious misgivings
about how their experiences were portrayed in the report and how they were not given sight of it
before its publication.
“Survivors mustered great courage and showed great dignity in coming forward to give their
accounts in the expectation that the truth would come out. Yet, at every turn they were let down,
their concerns were ignored, and they were denied proper support and recourse to justice.
“This left some survivors with no other option but to go to the High Court – something they should
not have had to do.
“Their concerns have now been vindicated. The report is a deeply flawed document and should be
treated as such.
“I have said repeatedly that the survivors need to be listened to and believed, not second-guessed
and ignored, which has been the case to-date.
“I have raised these matters with Minister O’Gorman on numerous occasions on behalf of survivors
of Sean Ross Abbey.
“The government now needs to refer to the Committee on Children’s recommendations regarding
the Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2021 and implement them.
“The redress scheme, which is not fit for purpose also needs to be seriously reviewed to meet
survivors' needs. This something I have told Minister O’Gorman in person, and I will continue to
make that point until the matter is addressed.”