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Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns has accused the Government of speaking out of both sides of its mouth on the issue of extending the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

Holly said:

“Earlier today, the Government committed to not blocking the Social Democrats’ motion to extend the Commission of Investigation. However, when challenged by my colleague Gary Gannon TD to give effect to this by allocating time in the Dáil, they voted that proposal down.

“This shows that the Government is attempting to look both ways on the issue. To avert a rebellion of Government TDs and to give the appearance of wanting to do the right thing, they avoided having to vote down the Social Democrats’ motion to extend the Commission.

“It is a disgraceful attempt to effectively hoodwink the Dáil. The Social Democrats have legislation ready to go and the Government simply must allow time for the motion to be brought into effect.”

February 24, 2021

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