Mother and Baby Home compensation Scheme may not open until 2023 

The Minister for Children; Equality; Disability; Integration and Youth, Roderick O’Gorman has confirmed that the Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme, which is set to provide compensation to 34,000 former residents may only open by the end of 2022. 

Minister O’Gorman had previously announced in November 2021 that he wanted to see the Scheme open as ‘soon as possible in 2022.’

The news of this latest anticipated delay is likely to cause anguish and frustration to former residents and their families, many of whom are already elderly and in poor health.

Minister O’Gorman confirmed the details of the latest timeframe to Independent TD for Laois Offaly Carol Nolan in response to a parliamentary question on the issue.

The Minister was recently criticised for presiding over what some former residents have termed a ‘shambolic’ and ‘insulting’ redress scheme.

It is estimated that implementing the Scheme will generate a cost of at least €800m.

The Minister went on to inform Deputy Nolan that although he fully appreciated the sense of urgency regarding the Scheme, the legislation that will underpin the compensation Scheme has yet to be introduced to the Houses of the Oireachtas, and even at that point it may be subject to any pre-legislative scrutiny process which may take place.

Only once the legislation has been passed by the Oireachtas and the administrative infrastructure required to deliver the Scheme has been established, will the Scheme open for applications.

Minister O’Gorman said that while “I hope that this will be possible by the end of 2022, it is not possible in advance of the Scheme opening and applications being processed, to determine if an individual will be eligible for the Scheme.”

Commenting on the latest developments, Deputy Nolan stated, “the news of this likely delay will be met with genuine heartache from a group of people that have already suffered the indignity of having justice and fairness denied to them. They deserve better than this. They deserve immediate access to redress.”

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