Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tuam scandal: We must look into every dark corner of our past to avoid any repeat

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mari Steed

Behind all the hyperbole, the rhetoric, and sensationalist reporting on Tuam; behind even Taoiseach Enda Kenny's own "chamber of horrors" language, lies a bigger story. Not just of Tuam, but of mother and baby homes, county homes and other institutions across Ireland. Surely you know the tale.

It's not the story of where thousands of children were buried. Of course, that should all be investigated and we hope the resolution is forthcoming for the families concerned.

But the "where" part of the story has been a salacious distraction. It distracts from Catherine Corless's faultless work and left her to become the scapegoat for apologists everywhere - a situation for which they owe her a sincere apology. It distracts the public from understanding the real questions: how and why did these children die?

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