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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Dead Bodies of Newborn Babies Discovered



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Latest news as A really large number of human remains has been discovered in sewers at a former home for unmarried mothers and their babies in Ireland, Metro UK reports.
 
It is reported that the remains of young children and babies were discovered following an investigation into alleged abuse at religious-run mother and baby homes in Ireland.
 
According to Metro UK, a commission set up to investigate the abuse had been been carrying out an excavation at the former Catholic Church institution in Tuam, Co Galway when the remains were discovered.
 
‘Significant’ quantities of human remains were found in at least 17 of 20 underground chambers being excavated in recent weeks.
 
The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes said: ‘A small number of remains were recovered for the purpose of analysis.
 
‘These remains involved a number of individuals with age-at-death ranges from approximately 35 foetal weeks to 2-3 years.
 
‘Radiocarbon dating of the samples recovered suggest that the remains date from the time frame relevant to the operation of the mother and baby home.’
 
The Tuam home operated from 1925 to 1961.
 
A number of the samples are likely to date from the 1950s, according to the commission.
 
It added in the statement: ‘The Commission is shocked by this discovery and is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way.
 
‘Meanwhile, the commission has asked that the relevant State authorities take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remains.’
Ireland’s Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone described the discovery as ‘very sad and disturbing news.’
 
‘It was not unexpected as there were claims about human remains on the site over the last number of years,’ she said.
 
‘Up to now we had rumours. Now we have confirmation that the remains are there, and that they date back to the time of the mother and baby home, which operated in Tuam from 1925 to 1961.’
 
An inquiry was ordered after massive national and international focus on the story of the Sisters of the Bon Secours in Tuam, where the remains of 796 infants are believed to be buried.
 
It was set up two years ago by the Irish Government to probe state sanctioned, religious-run institutions used to house pregnant mothers.
 
It was charged with investigating high mortality rates at mother and baby homes across several decades of the 20th century, the burial practices at these sites and also secret and illegal adoptions and vaccine trials on children.
 
It is thought about 35,000 unmarried mothers spent time in one of 10 homes run by religious orders in Ireland.

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