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Thread #168773 Message #4076650
Posted By: Thompson
24-Oct-20 - 07:08 AM
Thread Name: BS: Irish Politics Today
Subject: RE: BS: Irish Politics Today
Today, Ireland is in a rage because Dail and Seanad (the two arms of the Oireachtas, equivalent, roughly, to Congress and Senate or Commons and Lords in the anglophone sphere) have rushed through a bill to seal for 30 years the records of what's laughingly known as the "Mother and Baby Homes" (not places of refuge but places of torment where babies were stolen and sold and girls forced to work while imprisoned).
This is particularly stupid and cruel because it will conceal from the surviving babies and their descendants family records that could reveal tendencies to illnesses such as ovarian cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc, and the family networks that these people desperately need.
It was done against the protests of the Data Protection Commission, which said it was illegal, and it may break EU law.
Settle back and watch the constitutional cases begin…