Minister for Children Katherine Zappone will bring proposals to cabinet about the prospects of identifying babies in a mass grave in a former religious-run institution in Tuam.

This news has been confirmed by the Taoiseach, who said a report on the issue previously filed to the state did not say it was “impossible” to identify the nearly 800 remains at the former mother and baby home.

Meanwhile, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs said a report from UCD and TCD scientists, which argues that DNA advances means that the remains can be identified, will be examined.

Ms. Zappone told the Irish Times that she was very interested to see that other experts in the field of forensic archaeology and genetics have a different view to the experts she appointed.

The Expert Technical Group which she had appointed will inform her of their opinion on the submission, and this would be part of her decision-making process she said.

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