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Independent Chair to take forward work on Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Historical Clerical Child Abuse

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The Department of Health and The Executive Office have announced the appointment of Judith Gillespie as the new Independent Chair on an inter-Departmental working group.

The working group will take forward work on Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Historical Clerical Child Abuse.

The appointment commenced with effect from 1 June 2020 and will run for an initial period of one year.

Membership of the Group includes representatives from The Executive Office, the Departments of Health, Justice, Education, Economy, Communities and the Departmental Solicitor’s Office.

Welcoming the appointment, Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I would like to welcome Ms Gillespie to the role of independent chair of the Inter-departmental Group. I am confident that her wide ranging experience and leadership skills will be a major asset to the Group.”

Taking up post, Ms Gillespie said: “I feel honoured to have been appointed to this important role. I am keenly aware that the work of the Group is approaching a crucial stage. I look forward to progressing this work, and to engaging with stakeholders as appropriate going forward.”

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