Coveney concerned over extending Mother & Baby homes inquiry

He says it would delay the work that's already been done

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Updated 17:03

Simon Coveney says he's concerned about extending the terms of the current commission of inquiry into Mother and Baby homes because it will delay the findings.

Coveney says that an extension could put off a lot of the work that's already been done specifically in relation to the case in Tuam.

Yesterday the Taoiseach said there needs to be a period of reflection on what Ireland does as a nation in response to the scandal.

Enda Kenny said "No nuns broke into our homes to kidnap our children - we gave them up to what we convinced ourselves was that nuns care.

"We gave them up maybe to spare the the savagery of gossip, the wink and the elbow language of delight - in which the 'holier than thou's' were particularly fluent.

Speaking on Newstalk Drive, Catherine Connelly an Independent TD in Galway says she wants to see the terms of reference expanded.

The Government is being urged to expand to include all facilities in the state in the current inquiry in the wake of the Tuam revelation. 

Speaking to Midlands 103, Minister Coveney said that we shouldn't delay the current investigation by having it extended to include all facilities.