Tuam historian and campaigner Catherine Corless has described as “brilliant” the commitment from the Children’s Minister that legislation will be brought forward this month for the reburial of babies from the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
The Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman made the promise at this week’s Oireachtas Committee Meeting of Children.
It comes just days after the long awaited Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes Report was submitted to government last week and it’s expected to be made public early next year.
Minister Gorman has now stated that he will bring a memo before cabinet this month to introduce legislation for the reburials at Tuam. It will mean that a dedicated agency will be set up for a limited period of time to undertake excavations, exhumations, DNA identifications and reburials.
It’s understood that the new legislation will allow for similar excavations and reburials to occur at other Mother and Baby Home sites around the country.
Speaking to Midwest News today Catherine said they were at the Oireachtas stage last January with this legislation, but the government was dissolved before it was enacted. She explained that it has been a six year battle to get to this stage and said she wont give up until the babies are in marked graves.