Wednesday 19 December 2018

Appeal for information on burial locations of children who died at Bessboro Mother and Baby Home

Bessborough mother and baby home in Co Cork
Bessborough mother and baby home in Co Cork

The commission investigating Mother and Baby Homes has urged anyone with information about the burial locations of babies who died at Bessboro Mother and Baby Home in Cork to come forward.

In an appeal for information said they are currently "investigating the burials of a large number of children who died while resident in Bessboro Mother and Baby Home in Cork between 1922 and 1998".

The Mother an Baby Homes Commission of Investigation has appealed for anyone who has any information or documentation about burial arrangements and or the burial places of children when died in Bessboro during this time.

An advert was placed in a national newspaper today and on the commission's website.

There are 18 institutions under the remit of the investigation.

Besborro in Cork has been cited in the Dáil as having had a mortality rate among children that was "way higher" than average.

“The question must be asked as to why children died in these homes," Labour's Jan O'Sullivan said.

The deadline for submissions to the commission in relation to Bessboro is April 1. Submissions can be emailed to info@mbhcoi.ie or posted to 73 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, D02 N773 or PO Box 12626, Dublin 2.

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