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24th October 2018 | Justice, Press Releases

Green Party Welcomes Proposed Excavation of Tuam Mother-and-Baby Site

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The Green Party has welcomed the government’s decision to approve a forensic excavation at the site of the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Galway, where significant quantities of human remains were discovered last year.

Green Party Spokesperson for Justice, Cllr Roderic O’Gorman: “It’s been over five years since Catherine Corless first brought this shameful discovery to light, so it has taken us a long time to get here. However, it is important that we do this right. The government says it needs to put in place special legislation to allow this excavation to proceed. It also needs to ensure that experts in children’s remains are brought in to carry out the investigation and that modern DNA techniques are used.”

“There is also a question as to who should be paying for this. The Taoiseach has estimated a cost of between €6m and €12m. As the organisation who were responsible for the running of the home, Bon Secours should certainly be included in this. The site in Tuam may only be the tip of the iceberg. We don’t want to see a repeat of the past where costs spiral upwards and the institutions who should be held responsible are let off the hook.”