The Independent Chair
Judith Gillespie has been appointed as the new Independent Chair to the Inter-Departmental Working Group with effect from 1 June 2020 for an initial period of one year. Peter McBride’s tenure as Chair to the Group concluded at the end of May 2020. Prior to this, the position was held by Norah Gibbons from February 2017 until her resignation in March 2018.
The Inter-Departmental Working Group
The Working Group is independently chaired and jointly sponsored by the Department of Health (DoH) and The Executive Office (TEO). The Executive agreed that the DoH would be the lead department for the work on Mother and Baby Homes / Magdalene Laundries and TEO would be the lead department for the work on Historical Clerical Child Abuse.
What will the Working Group do?
The Working Group will consider the evidence about the operation of Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries and make recommendations to the Executive on what action to take.
The Working Group will also separately consider the evidence relating to Historical Clerical Child Abuse and make recommendations to the Executive on the way forward.
Relatively little is currently known about the operation of Mother and Baby Homes or Magdalene Laundries in Northern Ireland. DOH has commissioned researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and the Ulster University to examine the operation of both types of institution across Northern Ireland from 1922-1999 and also the wider historical and social context they operated within over that time.
Inter Departmental Working Group Minutes
Minutes of meetings of the Inter Departmental Working Group will added to this site when available.
- May 2020 - Inter-Departmental Working Group Update
- April 2020 - Inter-Departmental Working Group Update
- 18 November 2019 - Inter-Departmental Working Group Update
- 5 June 2019 - Appointment of Peter McBride as the new independent Chair of the Inter-Departmental Working Group .
- 30 July 2019 - Inter-Departmental Working Group Update
03 September 2019 - Inter-Departmental Working Group Update
This will be populated with further updates when available.