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Thursday 2 October 2014

Extend probe into mum and baby homes, say survivors

Sam Griffin

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

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CONTROVERSY: Bessborough mother and baby home in Co Cork where the death rates were higher than normal
CONTROVERSY: Bessborough mother and baby home in Co Cork where the death rates were higher than normal

SURVIVORS of mother and baby homes have called for all State-run homes to come under the microscope in the government investigation into practices at the institutions.

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The Government announced last June that an investigation into the homes would be set up, to be chaired by Judge Yvonne Murphy.

However, survivors of the homes are unhappy that the investigation will only examine some high-profile homes where revelations of abuse of mothers and babies have emerged.

There was an impromptu meeting of victims of the homes yesterday where they called for a wide-ranging investigation into all mother and baby homes, as well as someone from outside of Ireland to also sit on investigation team.

The calls follow new figures which reveal high infant mortality rates at Bessborough House. Infant deaths rates rose from 47pc in 1939 to 68pc in 1943.

Speaking after the meeting yesterday, Helen Murphy who was adopted from Bessborough, said the report was not satisfactory for survivors of the home and called for a much further-reaching inquiry.

“We need to know about what care the babies have been given. We need to know about the babies that died (and) why did they die. How did they die? How were they buried and where were they buried?

“And, very importantly, of course, we must remember the people who are still living,” she said.

Irish Independent

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