The Minister for Children has defended the Mother-and-Baby Homes redress scheme in the Dáil.

Roderic O'Gorman said that while the scheme was not perfect, the low burden of proof required meant that it was notably less complex, lengthy and traumatising than one requiring an individualised assessment process.

Speaking during a Dáil debate on the matter, Mr O'Gorman said the scheme also went well beyond the recommendations of the Commission of Investigation, by including all women regardless of whether they were accompanied or unaccompanied.

On the exclusion of boarded out children, the Minister said a general payment system was not the appropriate vehicle for responding to the very varied circumstances by which children were boarded out and their individual experiences.

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny accused the Government of retraumatising victims by setting a hierarchy with a timeframe.

He said everyone should get justice.

Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion asked whether the Minister planned to make changes to the scheme, given that he accepted her party's motion on the issue earlier this week.

She asked whether the scheme would be expanded to include all institutions for every timeframe and if the enhanced medical card would be granted to everyone.

Labour TD Ivana Bacik called for the scheme to be made more inclusive by granting an enhanced medical card for any mothers or children regardless of the length of time spent in an institution.

Meanwhile, Gino Kenny, Solidarity-PBP TD, has told the Dáil that his mother "spent a period of time" in a mother-and-baby home.

"It was extremely traumatic, very traumatic for my mother, and my sister", who the deputy said he did not meet for many years.

Speaking during a debate on the Government's response to the Investigation into Mother-and-Baby Homes, Deputy Kenny said his mother met the daughter "that was taken away from her" thirty years later.

Speaking next, Niamh Smyth, Fianna Fail, thanked Deputy Kenny "for sharing his very, very personal story with us here in the Dáil this evening."