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  • It has emerged that hundreds of survivors’ testimony was not used by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, and this is further heartache for survivors and their families, according to Tuam historian Catherine Corless.

    Yesterday, at an online lecture in Oxford University on the Irish Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, Professor Mary Daly, one of the commissioners involved in the investigation admitted the none use of survivors’ testimony in the final report.

    None of the three commissioners involved in the Commission of investigation had, until yesterday spoken at any public event about their work or much-criticised final report since it was published in January.

    Previous invitations to the commissioners to appear before the Oireachtas Children’s Committee were turned down.

    Professor Daly said yesterday that the Commission was limited in what it could do due to the Terms of Reference it had to operate under. She later acknowledged that the Commission essentially discounted the evidence given by hundreds of survivors to the Confidential Committee.

    Catherine Corless says the Commission took 6 years to publish its findings and now to have it confirmed that it dismissed the evidence given to it in good faith by up to 500 survivors, is devastating.

    She has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley...