Council to hold special meeting to discuss Mother and Baby Homes report

Cllr Christy Hyland

Cllr Christy Hyland

Mayo County Council will hold a special meeting to discuss the report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

The elected members agreed to hold a special meeting to discuss the report, which will take place on Monday, February 1. The proposal to hold the meeting was put forward by Westport-based independent Cllr Christy Hyland, who made the proposal at the start of the first ever remote meeting of the council, which was held on Monday afternoon.

Cllr Hyland, in making his proposal, said that he had gone through about a third of the report before Monday's meeting and added: "I want to make a proposal that we have a special meeting due to the fact that the final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes mentioned Mayo County Council numerous times.

"I have read the report as much as I could over the weekend and I propose we hold a special meeting as soon and as quickly as possible to look at the report - due to the fact Mayo County Council was mentioned a number of times."

His call was seconded by fellow independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne. In seconding the proposal the Castlebar-based councillor asked that Mayo County Council would, in so much as possible, have as much archival material and records going back to the issue, to be made available to the councillors.

The interim chief executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Duggan, agreed to the meeting taking place and said that this was a very sensitive report and that the members should take their time to read it before the meeting.


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