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Tandem baby burials disturbing

THE practice which has come to light of burying the bodies of deceased babies alongside unrelated adult bodies in the same coffin is disturbing to say the least.

It is about time Ireland takes a long hard look at its historical treatment of babies in the care of the State and hospitals.

We have seen scandal after scandal about the callous attitude to infants in the mother and baby homes as well as the burial of 'illegitimate' children, among others, who had died before being baptised in so-called Angels' Plots.

The HSE has said that it is currently developing a national set of standards for bereavement care in maternity services.

These standards are in drastic need of updating and reflection.

Families deserve open and honest disclosure from the health authorities and from the government about how the babies' tragic death was handled.

The families deserve the truth.