November 5, 2021
Minister must act to protect sensitive Mother and Baby Homes data – Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children, Kathleen Funchion TD, has expressed concern following reports that highly sensitive data from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation held by Tusla could be compromised in the event of a cyber-attack.

Teachta Funchion said:

“The Minister assured survivors that their personal data would be safe and that they would not have to fear it could be destroyed. This happened after officials from his department went to great lengths to secure the testimonies and other materials gathered as part of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation.

“To learn today that if Tusla were to experience a cyber-attack then some 850,000 pages of records could be destroyed, lost, altered or disclosed without authorisation is extremely concerning.

“I have been contacted by several survivors this morning very distressed that their records could be compromised if such an attack was to occur.

“The recent HSE cyber-attack demonstrated how vulnerable the State’s digital systems are. If an attack were to occur the effect on survivors would not just be detrimental it would be devastating.

“I am calling on the Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman to work with the Minister for State Ossian Smyth to ensure a comprehensive security plan is put in place immediately. All databases and digital systems that Tusla operates must be robust enough to withstand any attack.

“Lessons must be learned from recent experiences and the Government must act to ensure that survivors’ personal and painful testimonies are safe and secure for time immemorial.” 

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

Children deserve better mental health services. They shouldn't have to wait to access services they need

We will bring a Bill to the Dáil on Tuesday to drive improvements & help tackle waiting lists

Our children cannot wait. We call on government to act now & support this Bill.

Ádh mór to Jarlath Burns as he takes on the reins of GAA President today.

I’m looking forward to working with Jarlath during his term to help grow and develop the sport.

I believe in the power of sports to unite communities and bring people together from across the political…

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs @mattcarthy has said that 2 years on from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ireland remains committed “in our support of the people of Ukraine, adherence to international law, & to peace across Europe & the globe”.

Load More