The Taoiseach will make a formal state apology to Mother and Baby Home survivors in the Dáil later today.

It follows yesterday's publication of the long-awaited Commission of Investigation report, which found an "appalling" level of infant mortality among the children born in the homes.

9,000 children died in the 18 institutions examined between the 1920s and 1990s.

The report highlights that “no publicity” was given to the fact that in some years during the 1930s and 1940s, over 40% of ‘illegitimate’ children were dying before their first birthday in mother and baby homes.

The Commission pointed out that the high level of infant mortality in the St Mary’s home in Tuam did not feature at meetings of Galway County Council - despite the fact that Tuam was under the control of the local authority and it held meetings in the home.

The Commission said "the children of Irish unmarried mothers were hidden from the public gaze”.

The Government is to set up an interdepartmental group to consider redress for survivors.

All survivors are also entitled to counselling and an enhanced medical card, according to Breeda Murphy of the Tuam Mother & Baby Home Alliance.

She told Midwest News that this report only deals with 18 homes, but thousands of women went through other such institutions around the country, so this is only a snapshot.

 

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