The Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman has confirmed that new legislation is required to allow for a full forensic excavation of the site of the former Mother & Baby Home in Tuam.

Minister O'Gorman told Tuam-based TD Sean Canney that legislation is required to carry out the excavation, due to the unique circumstances of the burials.

In October 2018, former Minister Katherine Zappone announced that the Government had approved that the Tuam site be excavated, following the discovery of  a substantial quantity of human remains at a disused sewage tank on the site of the former Bon Secours home.

This would include the excavation and recovery of human remains, a forensic analysis of the remains and their identification where possible.

The Attorney General's office has advised that new legislation is needed, which will provide for the creation of an agency to manage the excavation of the site.

Deputy Sean Canney says it's important that the people of Tuam are listened to, in relation to this sensitive matter.

 

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