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Tuam babies must be afforded the respect they were denied in life – McDonald

3 March, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that she is shocked at the discovery in Tuam of a large number of human remains by Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes. Deputy McDonald called for an immediate Dáil debate on these disturbing revelations.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“I am shocked at the disturbing news that the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes has discovered what they are calling a significant number of human remains in sewage chambers at Tuam mother and baby home.

“Their initial tests have found that a sample of the remains age the deceased at between 35 foetal weeks to two to three years old. That toddlers and babies were disposed of in such disgraceful, undignified and disrespectful manner is disturbing. It is unfortunately a sad confirmation of the uncaring attitude, neglect and abuses the women and girls suffered in these institutions.

“All human remains found at this site should be recovered and given an appropriate and respectful burial. Those responsible should be found and made answerable for this appalling, inhumane act.

“There are now questions that the Government will have to provide answers to. People are angry, in shock and saddened by what they are hearing today.

“I am calling for an immediate Dáil debate on these disturbing revelations. The Government must outline clear and concrete steps to resolve all the outstanding issues around the Mother and Baby homes in order to afford the respect and dignity in death that the women and the babies were denied in life.” 

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