The latest DNA testing will be used to try to identify bodies buried at the site of the former Mother & Baby Home in Tuam.

 The Government yesterday confirmed that the area will be fully excavated, and a forensic examination will aim to identify the remains of all children buried at the site, while arrangements for reburial or memorialisation of the children will then be arranged.

It's believed hundreds of bodies may be found at the site.

The Children's Minister Katherine Zappone said she could not give a timeline for then work would start, as legislation needs to be passed to allow it to happen, adding that sich a task has never been undertaken or contemplated previously.

The Bons Secours nuns, who ran the Tuam home, have offered to pay €2.5 million of the expected 6 to 13 million euro cost of the excavation.

Minister Katherine Zappone says the Government has made this decision in the hope it will shed light on what happened and provide closure for families..


Tuam historian Catherine Corless, whose research led to the discovery of the children's remains, says she's delighted that, of five options presented to Government for the Tuam site, they chose the option to fully excavate and forensically examine the area.

Catherine Corless told Midwest News that this decision will be welcomed by survivors and the families of those involved...