Michael Staines
Michael Staines

07.51 12 Jan 2021


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The final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes will be published later today.

It will find that around 9,000 children and babies died in 18 homes between 1922 and 1998 – around one-in-seven of the babies born there.

The 4,000-page report will note that the mortality rate was far higher than in general society.

The commission was set up in 2015 after the remains of hundreds of babies were uncovered in an unmarked grave at the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway.

The investigation looked at 18 homes, including at Tuam and Bessborough in County Cork.

The report will be published this afternoon, after it is discussed at Cabinet and presented to survivors.

Yesterday, survivors said they were ‘shocked’ to see details of findings leaked to the media over the weekend.

The Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has said the leak was “completely unacceptable” and pledged to open an investigation into how it happened.

The Taoiseach will make a State apology to survivors in the Dáil tomorrow.


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