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Commission of Investigation – Mother and Baby Homes

 

Minister Zappone makes statement on Excavations on site of

 

former Mother and Baby Home Site, Tuam



Friday 3rd March, 2017


Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today commented on the finding of human remains on the site of the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway.  This follows work by the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes which carried out planned excavations there.

The Minister said:
“This is very sad and disturbing news.  It was not unexpected as there were claims about human remains on the site over the last number of years. 
Up to now we had rumours. Now we have confirmation that the remains are there, and that they date back to the time of the Mother and Baby Home, which operated in Tuam from 1925 to 1961.”

The Minister said that we must respond sensitively and respectfully to the situation.  She said that her Department had brought together all of the key Departments and agencies to set out a way forward.  This will include the following:
-    The Commission will continue its work under its terms of reference, including such matters as post mortem practices and procedures, reporting and burial arrangements for residents of Mother and Baby Homes

-    The Coroner for North Galway will take the steps he deems necessary under his independent statutory functions
-    Galway County Council will engage with the Commission in relation to the immediate next steps on the site
-    Galway County Council will engage with local residents and other interested parties on what should happen next in relation to the remains
-    There will be an information line for factual information, and a service for those who feel personally affected by the news.

Minister Zappone added:
“Today is about remembering and respecting the dignity of the children who lived their short lives in this Home.  We will honour their memory and make sure that we take the right actions now to treat their remains appropriately.”

ENDS//

Note to Editors
There is dedicated telephone Information line being made available for people seeking further information over the coming days.  Those seeking factual information may contact the Information Line:

Telephone 01-6473118 / 01-6473232 during Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

Anyone affected can also directly contact the HSE information line on 1850-241-850.

 

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There is dedicated telephone Information line being made available for people seeking further information over the coming days.  Those seeking factual information may contact the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Information Line @ Tel: 01-6473118 or 01-6473232 during Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm (4th and 5th March).

There is also telephone line available for people seeking details of support available to those affected by these issues.  Those seeking such information may telephone the HSE National Information Line; Low Call Telephone 1850 24 1850 during Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 10am -5pm

Anyone affected can also directly contact the CONNECT free telephone out of hours telephone counselling and support service where they can talk in confidence with a trained counsellor. The CONNECT out of hours service is contactable at Freephone 1800 477 477 from the Republic of Ireland. Its services will be available on Friday 3rd March, Saturday 4th March and Sunday 5th March from 5pm -12am and then from Mon 6th March – Fri 10th March 6pm -10pm.

Any person seeking adoption information and tracing information may wish to visit the following sites:

Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) - www.tusla.ie or
The Adoption Authority of Ireland - www.aai.gov.ie.

 

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