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# Roderic O'Gorman

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White Paper for ending Direct Provision 'won't work unless processing times get significantly shorter' - O'Gorman
There are 5,225 people living in Direct Provision at present and a 1,185 people living in hotels and B&Bs.
Covid-19 and restrictions have had 'devastating impact' on mental health of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland
A new report provides insight into what life is like for LGBTI+ young people.
DNA testing for Mother and Baby Home sites could include 'aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews'
The minister has discussed plans for “very significant DNA-based identification process”.
'Groundbreaking' legislation will give adopted people access to birth certs and early life information
Under the new law, even if a birth parent says they don’t want their child to get their birth cert or related information, the adopted person will still get access.
The legislation will provide a clear right of access for adopted people and others with questions on their origins to birth certs, birth and early life information.
The Bill will have to first undergo pre-legislative scrutiny, which is expected to take place in the coming months.
A separate memo addressing the issue of illegal birth registrations was brought to Cabinet this morning.
Geraldine was born in St Patrick's, her sister Pauline was born in Bessborough - 50 years later they found each other
Drew Harris says Mother and Baby Home crimes 'difficult to prosecute' despite reports of rape and incest
Over 1,000 people with status to remain are stuck in Direct Provision as they can't find other housing
Eoin Ó Broin says these people should be included in the government’s homelessness figures.
O'Gorman stresses GSK's 'moral obligation' over vaccine trials but company's position 'remains unchanged'
Representatives from the pharmaceutical giant met with Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman today.
Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept
She lodged a complaint about the department’s ‘failure to comply with the assurances’ provided to her.
Migrants in Ireland 'fear speaking out' about gender-based violence over worries they will lose legal status
The findings were contained in a report by the independent Anti-Racism Committee.
'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'
Adopted people have called for long-awaited tracing and information legislation to be published as a matter of urgency.
Campaigner Derek Leinster says Protestant survivors and those living abroad 'not a priority' for redress
Leinster, who was born in Bethany Home in Dublin in 1941, has campaigned for redress for over 20 years.
Department says consulting firm was hired due to 'urgency' in setting up mother and baby home redress scheme
The government has hired OAK Consulting to oversee the consultation process at a cost of €20,000.
Trial by Telegram: Ireland's far right mobilising on 'privacy-first' messaging app
Final part in a four-part investigation into the far right in Ireland analyses the growth of US-style tactics used by Irish influencers on the platform.
O'Gorman says adopted people will get birth certs and other information under new legislation
The minister has also launched a consultation process for a redress scheme for survivors of Mother And Baby Homes.
Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry
Minister Roderic O’Gorman says “deep ethical issues” arise in relation to illegal birth registrations, and an inquiry may still happen.
Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week
The review was commissioned in 2018 but its publication was delayed.
O'Gorman says there is 'no meaningful reason' to extend Mother and Baby Homes Commission
The minister noted that members of the commission “can’t be compelled to come before the Oireachtas”.
O'Gorman will 'consider' State apology on Direct Provision but 'the best thing we can do is create new system'
Plans to end Direct Provision by 2024 were unveiled today.
TDs ask how testimony 'miraculously appeared down back of sofa', as time runs out to extend Commission
A Social Democrats’ motion to extend the commission’s term by one year had broad support but is non-binding and is not being acted on by government.
TDs still pushing for extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission despite 'miraculous' recovery of testimony
The commission is due to dissolve on 28 February but a number of TDs want its term extended amid concerns over deleted audio recordings.
Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony can be retrieved, Dept confirms
The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has agreed to deposit the recordings with the Department.
Restrictions for March to be set out 'with clarity' this week, minister says
Legislation on mandatory hotel quarantine is due to come before the Dáil this week.
O'Gorman says Mother and Baby Homes Commission *may* be able to retrieve recordings
“We all know how difficult it is to permanently destroy electronic information,” the minister said today.
If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.
Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony 'cannot be retrieved', O'Gorman confirms
The minister said the Commission informed him of the latest development today.
County home survivor told to contact police in England, not gardaí, over destruction of testimony
A number of witnesses have contacted the gardaí and Data Protection Commissioner to date.
Chair of mother and baby home commission declines invitation to appear before Children's Committee
Committee members are “very disappointed” by the latest development.
Varadkar says he was 'quite surprised' that mother and baby home testimony was destroyed
There have been calls for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to not be dissolved at the end of the month.
Children's Committee wants Chair of Mother and Baby Homes Commission to answer questions
Survivors will be asked to attend a separate hearing so they can raise any questions or concerns they have.
Local councils to apologise for their involvement in Ireland's mother and baby homes, says minister
There were emotional contributions by some TDs in the Dáil today.
O'Gorman, Taoiseach and AG 'at one' on prioritising legislation on adopted people's access to records
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said that the legislation would have GDPR at the heart of it.
Government to investigate leaking of details of Mother and Baby Homes report
The State’s most senior civil servant is to head up an inquiry into the leaking of Government information.
Varadkar supports investigation into 'disrespectful' leak of mother and baby home information
“I think it was very disrespectful the fact that elements of it were leaked and appeared in a Sunday paper,” the Tánaiste said.
O'Gorman to seek investigation into leaking of Mother and Baby Home report
The Minister said that it was “always his intention” that survivors should hear the conclusions of the Commission’s report first.
Survivors said they were hurt and angry, but "not surprised" by the leak to a newspaper
Opposition TDs have decried "shocking" "insensitive" media leak
The Minister for Children is seeking an investigation into how details became public
Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January
Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?
Government considering shutting schools for the whole of January
The reopening of schools has already been pushed back to 11 January but the worsening situation has seen the government face increased pressure to delay the reopening further.
Education spokespersons met Education Minister today
No plans to refine essential workers list for childcare purposes
Public health advice remains that 'schools are safe to open'
'Strengthened' gender pay gap bill to be brought before Cabinet in January, O'Gorman confirms
The Bill will require organisations to report on the pay differences between female and male employees.
O'Gorman confirms research into long-term health impact of living in mother and baby homes
The minister has said survivors will be at the centre of the government’s approach after criticism of how it has handled the situation to date.
Neasa Hourigan says efforts to push CETA deal through are 'extraordinary' and 'cynical'
Hourigan told that the current environment in the Green Party is “unpleasant”.
Cabinet approves three extra weeks of paid leave for parents of children born after 1 November 2019
Parents will now be entitled to take five weeks of Parent’s Leave after their child is born or adopted, instead of the two weeks that were previously available.
Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January
The report will be published on the week of 11 January, Minister Roderic O’Gorman has confirmed.
'The country is sick of things being brushed under the carpet': What could a national archive on abuse look like?
Survivors want Ireland to face up to its past – but there are different views on the best way to do this.
Taoiseach not anticipating 'obstacles or barriers' to publishing Mother and Baby Home report
Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?