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President Higgins signs Mother and Baby Homes Bill into law

President Michael D. Higgins has signed the Mother and Baby Homes Bill into law after he “considered all the options available to him”.

The bill, passed last week in the Dáil the Seanad, allows for the transfer of a database of 60,000 records created by Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

In a statement last night, President Higgins said he had given careful consideration to all constitutional and other aspects of the legislation and “considered all the options available to him”. He said he had listened carefully to the debate and issues raised as to the rights of access to information submitted to a Commission.

“The President’s decision to sign this legislation leaves it open to any citizen to challenge the provisions of the Bill in the future,” the statement also read.

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