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Gardaí must be included in exhumations process at Tuam – Ó Laoghaire

16 May, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Speaking today as Cabinet we to discuss the next steps in relation to the mass graves in Tuam, focusing on the proposal of exhumation of all remains, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has requested that Minister Katherine Zappone ensure the Gardaí are part of any such process, in the event that criminal proceedings may emerge further down the line.

The Cork South-Central TD said:

“I welcome that the exhumation of the mass graves at Tuam was discussed at Cabinet today, and I await a statement from the Minister on what decisions were taken.

“This is, of course, a highly sensitive issue, and one which must be treated as such, engaging all relevant parties in the process.

“Gardaí in Galway must be part of such a discussion, and any actions emanating from it, as this is a potential crime scene, and criminal investigations must follow any exhumations.

“The Coroner’s Office in Galway must also have any necessary resources made available to it on the commencement of this process.

“It is also vitally to victims and survivors that this Taoiseach, or the incoming Taoiseach, meet with the relevant groups to outline how the Government can help them in their search for justice.

“I will be writing to the Taoiseach today to request such a meeting.  

“I again wish to thank Catherine Corless among others for the tireless work they have done and continue to do in this regard.” 

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