The Minister for Children has said the Government will consider proposals for a redress scheme for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes in the coming weeks.
Roderic O'Gorman also said legislation to allow for the exhumation of infant remains at these former institutions will be brought before the Oireachtas "during this term".
The minister made his comments during a series of meetings with survivors from the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway today.
Mr O’Gorman visited the burial site in the town, where he met local historian, Catherine Corless. Her research identified the 796 children who died at the home over almost four decades.
Mrs Corless emphasised the importance of giving proper burials to the children interred there.
She said it was a "shivering thought’ that the infant remains were still in the underground chambers, years after their presence there was confirmed.
She hoped there would be some progress in passing legislation to allow for the exhumation and analysis of the remains.
Mrs Corless said she felt survivors were still being ignored and there "doesn’t seem to be much of a will in Government to hurry this legislation through.
"It could have been done long ago, we know that...we’ve had so many promises and we are really getting frustrated at this stage," she added.
PJ Haverty, who was born in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, told the Minister it was a disgrace that it was taking so long to exhume the remains at the site.
Mr Haverty said he was hopeful that there will be some progress in the coming months.
He said all survivors were acutely aware of the passage of time.
"Age is against us, that’s the big problem...he’s talking about next year or the year after and that’s adding on to our age ...so we’d like to see it done straight away, now."
The Minister said he wanted to be able to get legislation in place to progress matters, "as soon as possible".
He said he hoped the Institutional Burials Bill would be brought before the Oireachtas during this term.
Mr O'Gorman said he understood the frustration of survivors but that complex issues were being teased out, to ensure legislation could be passed.
On the issue of redress, Minister O’Gorman said that a Departmental group would soon report on proposals, which he would be bringing to Government "in the next number of weeks".
He said almost 500 survivors had contributed to the discussions on redress in recent months.
The Minister said he was committed to ensuring that the final process would not be adversarial.
The Information and Tracing Bill is also expected to come before the Oireachtas this term.
The Minister said this would allow access to unredacted birth certs and birth information for the first time.
On the issue of his Department providing medical data to those involved in clinical trials, he accepted the existing processes in this regard were "unwieldy" and needed to be amended.
He said discussions with a view to doing this were continuing with the Attorney General and the Departments of Justice and Health.