Sunday 11 December 2016

Merely human waste to be disposed of

We need to know why the death rate among 'illegitimate' children was so high

Published 08/06/2014 | 02:30

Illustration by Tom Halliday
Illustration by Tom Halliday

How come hundreds of children died in the care of a Catholic Church institution in Tuam? And how come some – if not all – of them were disposed of like spoiled fruit? Dumped beside a septic tank. Why did it happen?

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What do we know about this country that might explain how such a thing could happen?

And let's leave aside the unbearable thought that there were more – many more – children, in other locations, who had similarly short lives and who were disposed of with similar lack of human dignity.

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