Truth Recovery – Public Consultation on a statutory Public Inquiry and Financial Redress Scheme

Consultation opened on 27 June 2024. Closing date 19 September 2024 at 17:00.


The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the policy proposals to inform legislation to establish a statutory Inquiry and a financial Redress Scheme for those affected by Mother and Baby Institutions, Magdalene Laundries, Workhouses and their pathways and practices.


Consultation description

Citizen Space

Access to the Consultation questionnaire can be found here:

Access to the Easy Read questionnaire can be found here:  


In November 2021, the Northern Ireland Executive accepted the recommendations of the Truth Recovery Design Panel’s report Mother and Baby Institutions, Magdalene Laundries and Workhouses in Northern Ireland: Truth, Acknowledgement and Accountability 

The Executive Office intends to establish a public inquiry and financial redress schemes which align with Recommendations 3 and 5 of the Report, respectively.

This consultation seeks views on the focus of the public inquiry and the type of redress scheme to be established to inform the required legislation.

The responses received will be collated and a summary published at the end of the consultation period.

You can share your views via the online consultation page. If you prefer a hard copy, or need assistance completing the questionnaire, please contact us at or phone 02890520063.

Public Engagement Events

The consultation exercise will also be supported by a number of online and in person engagement events. These are open for anyone to attend.  The scheduled venues and dates are as follows and additional dates may be added:

Online Events

9 July 2024 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm

10 July 2024 from 12pm – 2.00pm

24 July 2024 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm

7 August 2024 from 4.00pm – 6.00pm

8 August 2024 from 10.00am – 12.00 pm

3rd September 2024 - from 6.00pm - 8.00 pm

In-person Events

Europa Hotel

Silverbirch Hotel

Canal Court

City Hotel

Should you have any accessibility needs please let us know by emailing 

Online events can be booked via Eventbrite. 

Support services.

Whilst the focus of the consultation is on policy proposals, we are conscious of those who have been directly affected by the issues.

Support for those affected is available through the Victims and Survivors Services (VSS). Information on how to access support is available here or phone 02890 311678 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

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