Inquiries into dark past dominate political agenda

Inside Politics: Commission examining mother and baby homes could be greatly expanded

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is expected to give an update on the Tuam scandal to her Cabinet colleagues. hotograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is expected to give an update on the Tuam scandal to her Cabinet colleagues. hotograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The past week has seen troubling aspects of the past dominate the political agenda, and the Cabinet is today expected to discuss the disturbing preliminary results of one commission of investigation, the establishment of another and the prospect of yet another such inquiry being set up in future.

We refer, of course, to the mother and baby homes scandal, the establishment of a commission of investigation into the Grace case and the new assessment of evidence into the Stardust fire on Valentine’s Day, 1981, which saw 48 people die at the Artane disco.

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