Thursday 15 November 2018

Letters to the Editor: Blaming nuns over dead babies is the easy way out – while real culprits aren’t held to account

BURIAL GROUND: A sign which reads Dignity left at the grotto in the Tuam Mother and babies site. Photo: Andy Newman
BURIAL GROUND: A sign which reads Dignity left at the grotto in the Tuam Mother and babies site. Photo: Andy Newman
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

This persecution of religious orders has gone too far. The nuns did not get the unmarried girls pregnant or give them TB, and it was not their duty to pay for burials of babies with names in early to mid-20th century Ireland's graveyards that might disgrace their mothers.

If an unmarried girl buried her dead child in the local graveyard it would have to be done without a headstone and in secret, and as such girls did not have money to do so it was up to the government or local authority.

If the Government really wanted to do right for the babies it would get the names of the girls whose babies died from the nuns and find a proper burial place for them, but we know that it doesn't have the courage to do it; blaming the nuns is easier.

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