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Further distressful revelations – Ó Caoláin

11 December, 2014 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D., Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health, has today commented on revelations published by RTE regarding the practice of ‘tandem burials’, whereby deceased infants were placed in the coffins of unconnected deceased adults.

“This is yet another distressful revelation that will cause considerable upset, especially for mothers who have lost children in birth or who had still births back in the pre-1980’s and into the early years of that decade.

“While I accept that those responsible meant no harm by their actions, their actions were nonetheless inappropriate and likely offensive to both the family of the dead infant and the family of the deceased adult.

“I believe it is important that the HSE now establish the full extent of this practice and report to the Minister for Health who should then advise if further steps are necessary.”

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