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Today we'll know who will chair the mother-and-baby home inquiry

We won’t know the terms of reference, however, or who else will be on the commission of investigation.

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL today give details of the person who will chair the investigation into mother-and-baby homes.

The matter was brought to Cabinet yesterday by the new Children’s Minister James Reilly.

Despite comments by former Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan about an intention to announce the full membership of the commission of investigation this week, only the name of the chairperson will be made public today.

A report by an interdepartmental committee which looked at how much the government knew about what happened in this institutions will also be published.

As for the terms of reference for the inquiry, it is expected we will have to wait until later this year to see those.

Yesterday a government spokesperson said “good progress” was being made and that the chairperson announced today would want to be involved in setting the terms.

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