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Tuam report must spur Government to action – Ó Laoghaire

8 July, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Children Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that it crucial that every resource is made available to the excavation of the mass grave at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home so that the children so cruelly treated in life are now given all the respect and dignity denied them until now.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire also called on the Government to properly support and engage on an ongoing basis with survivor groups, including those representing survivors who were children in these institutions, as well as the mothers separated so cruelly from their children.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire criticised the Department for releasing the first monthly report on Friday evening, saying it echoed the similar cynical approach used by the Department of Housing for their reports on homelessness.

The Cork South-Central TD said:

“The most recent report into the Tuam Mother and Baby Home makes for some horrific reading. The nature in which these babies and children were so callously discarded now may make it extremely difficult to properly recover and identify their remains.

“Every resource must be made available to Dr Niamh McCullagh and her team to allow respectfully recover these remains and give them a decent burial and place of remembrance. What was done to them was truly heinous and we cannot walk away from it.

“The Department may have hoped that this report would slip unnoticed into the weekend but it is deeply shocking and now the Government must make every effort to respect the survivor groups of these terrible institutions. I intend to raise this with Minister Katherine Zappone at the first opportunity.”

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