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Taoiseach To Make State Apology To Survivors Of Mother And Baby Homes

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11:19 10 Jan 2021


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The Taoiseach is to make a State apology to survivors of mother and baby homes in the Dáil this Wednesday.

A report by the Commission of Investigation is set to reveal 9,000 children died in the facilities that were scrutinised.

56,000 women were sent to 18 different institutions between 1922 and 1998.

But one in seven of the 57,000 babies didn't survive after being born there, according to the Sunday Independent.

It is also revealed that some women were "taunted" during the act of giving birth, in the form of disparaging comments and belittling remarks.

Women say they were forced to live with a sense of "overwhelming shame" and stigma.

Micheál Martin has described the report as "shocking" and will apologise to the survivors on behalf of the State next week.

Reporting by Tom Douglas 

Main image: The grounds where the unmarked mass grave containing the remains of nearly 800 infants who died at the Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam Co Galway from 1925-1961 rests. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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