Government to answer questions from UN over mother and baby homes later today

The Government will today answer questions from the UN over the Magadelene Laundries, industrial schools and mother and baby homes.

A 20 strong Irish delegation has been appearing in Geneva this week to discuss the progress it's made since 2011 on the implementation of the Convention against Torture.

They have also faced questions about Ireland's abortion laws and are due to report back in a session this afternoon.

Felice Gaer is the vice-chair of the UN Committee against Torture and she has said they welcomed the convening of a Citizens' Assembly to consider Ireland's Eighth Amendment.

"According to news reports they have until November to consider the Citizen's Assembly report and the papers also tell us the Minister for Health is drafting legislation to ensure that a referendum on the 8th Amendment can be held as soon as possible," she said.

"These are all very positive steps but it is still concerning to us that it has been more than six years since the last view and that actually the legal situation has not changed."


More in this Section

Taoiseach: A lot of thinking needs to be done about EU and UK's post-Brexit relationship

Pro-life TDs quit Eighth Amendment committee in protest

Irish Rail staff unhappy with their Christmas Bonus

Man in hospital after crash in Donegal


Today's Stories

‘I am so excited about the rest of my life’, says Isabel Terry after 15-year transplant wait

Criticism as Killarney to take 55 people ‘seeking international protection’

Charity gets €300,000 in water fee refunds

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin coy on abortion recommendation

Lifestyle

Scenes from the analogue city - Memories of Limerick from the late 80s and early 90s

Ask Audrey: 'I heard that Viagra fumes from Pfizer’s were causing stiffys below in Ringaskiddy'

The 12 drinks of Christmas - Top tipples for the festive season

Sex advice with Suzi Godson: My boyfriend is too noisy during sex

More From The Irish Examiner