Irish government launches formal inquiry into child abuse at Catholic homes

by Kate Hickey
June 10,2014

The Irish government has announced a statutory inquiry into the State sanctioned, Catholic Church-run institutions used as homes for pregnant, unmarried mothers and their children.

The investigation has sparked by the alleged mass grave of 796 children buried at the home run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours, in Tuam, County Galway.

The investigation will examine the high mortality rate across several decades of the 20thcentury, burial practices, illegal adoptions, and vaccine trials on young children.

Ireland’s Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan said it was time to shed light on a dark period of Ireland’s history. He said the inquiry would be carried out in public, however many documents which are private and personal will need to be examined.

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