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Govt agrees to one-year extension for Commission of Investigation into Mother & Baby Homes

The Government has agreed to a request from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes for an extension of one year, to allow it to complete its work.

It was due to report in February, but has asked for more time to ensure key questions are fully answered.

The Commission was set up by Government in 2015 following claims that the bodies of up to 800 babies and children may have been buried in an unmarked grave at the Bon Secours Mother & Baby Home in Tuam.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone says she understands many former residents of the homes will find the delay frustrating, but she says it’s important that the Commission leaves no stone unturned in its investigation.

Meanwhile, the group representing survivors of a number of the homes has expressed their outrage at the delay.

The Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors said that the survivor community is elderly, pointing out that many survivors have died since the Tuam story broke in May 2014.

Spokesperson for the group Paul Redmond says they want an immediate apology from the State, and a redress scheme…


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