Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has castigated the leaking of the report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to the media.

Deputy Tóibín stated “This report will make for very difficult reading for so many people. The leaking of the report to the media in advance of it being made available to them is a punch in the gut for survivors”.

“However in breath taking irony the Táiniste Leo Varadkar has called for an investigation to that leak. Leo is right, there should be an investigation into that leak. However it will be lost on no one that Varadkar himself has set this shocking example. The fact that there was absolutely no consequence for the Táiniste for his high profile leaking means that damaging leaks such as the Mother and Baby Home Report leak are going to become very hard to police”.

Deputy Tóibín continued: We need to root out the culture that sees harrowing and sensitive material being splashed over front pages before the people whose very lives are being reported on have access to the material. But that culture goes straight to the top. It is endemic amongst the political class who use leaks strategically for personal ambition”.