Irish govt finalises baby homes terms of inquiry

Irish mother and baby homes

The Irish government is finalising the parameters of a judicial inquiry into Church-run, State-funded mother-and-baby homes, Catholic News Service reports.

The inquiry comes amid increased disquiet about some of the reporting of the original story of St Mary's Home in Tuam, run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns.

In May, local historian Catherine Corless revealed research which found that between 1925 and 1961, 976 infants died in the home for unmarried mothers and their children. She had found no evidence that they were buried in local cemeteries and instead believed that the children could have been buried in a common grave on the site.

However, several media outlets began reporting that the children had been 'dumped' in a disused septic tank on the site. Within days, the international media was gripped by the story - much of which turned out to be factually inaccurate.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has expressed support for a judicial inquiry.

'The only way we will come out of this particular period of our history is when the truth comes out,' he said.

'The indications are that if something happened in Tuam, it probably happened in other mother-and-baby homes around the country. ' That is why I believe that we need a full-bodied investigation. There is no point in investigating just what happened in Tuam and then next year finding out more,' Archbishop Martin said.

Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, said the inquiry will look at all homes.

'It's time for sensitivity rather than sensationalism,' he said.

Read full article: Irish government finalizes terms of inquiry into mother-baby homes (Catholic News Service)

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