Leo Varadkar and cabinet Ministers are prepared to disrespect the survivors of Mother and Baby Homes, and the Seanad into the bargain, by rushing through legislation with indecent haste. The proposed laws would mean the records from these homes would be put beyond proper scrutiny for 30 years. The survivors are outraged, as am I. I spoke about this in the Dáil today.


Forgive my breathlessness on this clip – I had been questioning issues related to Jobpath in the committee rooms – some way away from the Dáil chamber when my turn came to speak – so I ran because this is important. Yes we remember Enda Kenny’s words and tears about the Magdalene women. But actions speak louder than words, a point I wasn’t allowed put to Coveney. Seven women have died waiting for redress. Wouldn’t it be a great gesture if on International Womens’ Day the government GUARANTEED all resources needed to give these women redress – NOW?

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit       06/03/2018

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith will call on the government to act and stop any delay in paying out redress to the Magdalene survivors.
Deputy Smith will raise the issue today, with Leo Varadkar, at promised legislation in the Dáil today.
This is a response to the news that at least seven survivors of the institutions have passed away while awaiting payments in compensation for their suffering.Read more »