The Green Party NI's MLA Rachel Woods has welcomed the Executive's announcement committing to holding a public inquiry into mother and baby institutions in Northern Ireland.
The North Down MLA said: “I welcome the announcement from the Executive that all the recommendations of the Truth Recovery Design Panel have been accepted and that a Public Inquiry will be established, alongside an independent panel, and includes a Redress Scheme.
“This is one of the greatest scandals of our time. Victims and survivors have waited long enough for action from our government. The five party Executive must now ensure that victims and survivors are kept at the heart of this process.
“I understand that record preservation, retention and release is key for so victims and survivors. The forthcoming inquiry and process must help provide them with the information and answers they deserve.
“Yesterday in the Assembly, I urged the Deputy First Minister to commit to adequate funding and resources being allocated from the Executive Office, not only for the Redress Scheme, but for long-term support services for victims and survivors of the mother-and-baby institutions.”
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