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Toys left at TD offices in protest over Mother & Baby Home files

Oct 27, 2020 13:10 By Shannonside News
Toys left at TD offices in protest over Mother & Baby Home files Toys left at TD offices in protest over Mother & Baby Home files
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Teddy bears and other children's soft toys have been left at the Longford office of Fianna Fail TD Joe Flaherty over the weekend, as

Teddy bears and other children's soft toys have been left at the Longford office of Fianna Fail TD Joe Flaherty over the weekend, as part of an ongoing protest over the recent Mother and Baby Home legislation.

The toys were placed there over the weekend to protest Deputy Flaherty's support of the bill.

The office of Deputy Robert Troy in Athlone also had a small number of toys left there over the weekend, but it's understood there've been none at the TD's Mullingar office.

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A couple of soft toys were also pictured at the office of Junior Minister Frank Feighan on Sunday but it appeared the toys were only put up for the picture and then removed again.

Longford Westmeath Fine Gael Junior Minister Peter Burke says no toys have been left as his office in protest but he believes people have genuinely gotten the wrong message from what was voted on last week.

He says the database is not going to be sealed away and hidden and he accepts fully the government's responsibility in communicating this.

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He says he's taken up the issue with the Minister who is now going to meet with survivors of the homes to reassure them on the issue.

In Roscommon, where both Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice and Denis Naughten voted against the government, Deputy Naughten has expressed some surprise at the public reaction to the latest developments.

He says the issue of the records has been raised over the decades by himself and other TD's but this matter now seems to have galvanised public anger.

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