Over 80 mother-and-baby home submissions

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The department had been looking for information about the homes in order to draw up the investigation's terms of reference
The department had been looking for information about the homes in order to draw up the investigation's terms of reference
Charlie Flanagan hopes the terms of reference will be agreed before the summer break
Charlie Flanagan hopes the terms of reference will be agreed before the summer break

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has received 81 submissions about the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into mother-and-baby homes

Individuals and organisations had until 12pm to send submissions to a dedicated email address set up by the department for people to have their say.

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has also met advocacy groups and opposition spokespeople as well as receiving representations through what have been described as "other channels".

In a statement, the department said the views expressed in submissions and consultations would also be fed into the work of the inter-departmental review group.

In welcoming the level of response, Mr Flanagan expressed his gratitude to those who have contributed to the scoping work of the review group.

He thanked those who shared their personal experiences, in particular, to assist in establishing an effective Commission of Investigation.