Mass grave of up to 800 children found underground at a former home for unmarried mothers and their babies in Ireland

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Mass grave of up to 800 children found underground at a former home for unmarried mothers and their babies in Ireland

Post  candyfloss on Sat 04 Mar 2017, 8:37 am

Mass grave of up to 800 children found underground at a former home for unmarried mothers and their babies in Ireland


[*]Rozina Sabur
3 March 2017 • 11:47pm

A "significant" quantity of human remains has been discovered in "underground chambers" at a former home for unmarried mothers and their babies in Ireland.

A commission set up to investigate alleged abuse at religious-run so-called mother and baby homes has been carrying out an excavation at the former Catholic Church institution in Tuam, Co Galway.
It said it was "shocked" by the discovery of "significant quantities of human remains" in at least 17 of 20 underground chambers being excavated in recent weeks.

"A small number of remains were recovered for the purpose of analysis," the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes said.
"These remains involved a number of individuals with age-at-death ranges from approximately 35 foetal weeks to 2-3 years.
"Radiocarbon dating of the samples recovered suggest that the remains date from the time frame relevant to the operation of the mother and baby home."

The Tuam home operated from 1925 to 1961.
A number of the samples are likely to date from the 1950s, according to the commission.
"The Commission is shocked by this discovery and is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way," it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the commission has asked that the relevant State authorities take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remains."
A coroner has been notified.
Ireland's Children's Minister Katherine Zappone TD described the discovery as "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," she said.

"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 urged a sensitive and respectful response to the discovery.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/03/mass-grave-800-children-found-underground-former-home-unmarried/

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Post  womandotcom on Sat 04 Mar 2017, 10:17 am

This makes my heart ache  Sad
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Post  Châtelaine on Sat 04 Mar 2017, 12:17 pm

It reminds me of something in my youth in the deep Catholic south: "making angels" ...

ETA I think skilled anatomist pathologists should be asked to decide reason of death.
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Post  dogs don't lie on Sat 04 Mar 2017, 4:20 pm

OMG sad and sickening

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Post  bluebell on Sat 04 Mar 2017, 4:55 pm

Oh dear god that is awful. I'm still trying to take it in. 'Mass graves' one immediately thinks of war, how terrible this is. Sad

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Post  Mimi on Sun 10 Sep 2017, 6:06 pm

There are probably women in their 70s/80s who can testify they were there at that time and what happened to their babies.

This from 2015

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3374922/The-house-tears-Secret-tapes-woman-spent-years-controversial-Irish-home-unmarried-mothers-reveals-unmarked-mass-grave-children.html

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