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Full Garda investigation needed into deaths of babies and children in Tuam - Mary Lou McDonald TD

22 March, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking today in the Dáil, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD called for a full Garda investigation into the deaths of babies and children in Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
Deputy McDonald said;

“It goes almost beyond the constraints of our vocabulary to find the right words to describe the shock and horror all of us felt on hearing of the discovery of human remains at Tuam.

“As a mother, a citizen of this State and a human being, I am outraged that our most vulnerable young little citizens, those who were most in need of the protection of the State and its institutions and whose care was often left in the hands of the churches, both Catholic and Protestant, were so cruelly let down and disposed of in such a disgraceful, undignified and disrespectful way.

“I am not alone in having these sentiments. The anger of people is palpable. This latest horror perpetrated against these little innocents is just one more scandal in what has been a litany of unfolding scandals.  

“The most essential point for us, as public representatives and human beings, is to acknowledge that the principal accountability must be sought from, and provided by, the State. 

Deputy McDonald concluded;

“That site at Tuam must be preserved and protected.

“There needs to be a full Garda investigation into the deaths of these babies and children. The Gardai must be given the resources they need to complete such an investigation.”

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