Thursday 23 November 2017

Mother in 'baby in bag' case must feel like a hunted animal

No privacy for newborn Maria, while treatment of her vulnerable mum has been shameful, writes Niamh Horan

'Our one concern is for Mammy and we would like Mammy to come forward' - Social worker Rita Byrne
'Our one concern is for Mammy and we would like Mammy to come forward' - Social worker Rita Byrne
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

In a packed-out room at Clondalkin Garda Station, the press pack circled as two gardai and a social worker looked gravely at the cameras and spoke to the abandoned baby's mother, referring to her as "Mammy".

"Our one concern is for Mammy and we would like Mammy to come forward," said Tusla Child and Family Agency principal social worker Rita Byrne.

The authorities said their only concern was her well-being. That the woman had nothing to fear. This was not a criminal investigation.

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