Sinn Féin is to use its Dáil time this week to address the scandal that occurred at the Bon Secours institution in Tuam, County Galway, where almost 800 children died while in the 'care' of a religious order, in a State-regulated institution, and were placed in a mass unmarked grave over a period of five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Announcing the motion today, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:
“The abusive practises which occurred at the Bon Secours Sisters Mother and Baby 'care' home were not unique to that institution and were replicated in similar institutions across the State. We are calling on the Government to immediately initiate a fully independent judicial inquiry, with terms of reference agreed by the Houses of the Oireachtas, into this latest shameful episode involving a religious order and the failure of the State in its duty of care to its most vulnerable and defenceless citizens.
“The inquiry needs to consider the so-called 'care' regime in place, the infant mortality rates and the burial of children in unmarked graves at mother and baby homes in the State. We are calling for a date to be set for the establishment of this inquiry before the Dáil summer recess and all of the report’s findings be published.”