15/11/2021

Public Inquiry Into Institutions For Unmarried Mothers To Be Established

A public inquiry into institutions for unmarried mothers in Northern Ireland has been approved by the Stormont Executive.

Following a recommendation in an expert panel's report, deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill told the Executive that the public inquiry will be put in place "as quickly as possible".

It is understood that this will also include setting up an redress payment scheme for survivors.
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According to reports, Ms O'Neill told the Assembly that implementing all recommendations of the panel's report was a priority and that "cherry picking" elements of the report "was not an option".


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