Human rights award being presented to Tuam historian Catherine Corless

Ms Corless revealed hundreds of babies were buried in unmarked graves

Human rights award being presented to Tuam historian Catherine Corless

Catherine Corless is pictured speaking to the media outside Leinster House | Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The woman who uncovered the Tuam Mother and Baby scandal is to be honoured with a major human rights award today.

The Bar of Ireland's Human Rights Award is being presented to Catherine Corless in recognition of "her tireless work in relation to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home".

The ceremony wil take place in Dublin on Thursday evening.

It will include speeches from chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, Paul McGarry, and chair of its human rights committee Thomas Creed.

It will also see the presentation of a commissioned bronze sculpture by artist Séamus Gill to Ms Corless.

The Galway historian lifted the lid on a mass grave on the grounds of the former home in Co Galway.

Her investigation led to an excavation at the site and the discovery of hundreds of bodies.

In 2014, Ms Corless published research revealing that hundreds of babies and toddlers had been buried in unmarked graves.

The home operated between 1925 and 1961 in the Co Galway town.

The research prompted the launch of a statutory commission of investigation.

In March, the inquiry team confirmed that 'significant quantities' of human remains had been discovered there.