Fifth Interim Report On Mother And Baby Homes Published

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A commission of investigation into mother and baby homes has been unable to establish where 900 children who died at Bessborough in Cork are buried.

The fifth interim report from the Commission, which has examined the manner in which children were buried at institutions across the country, has also concluded that Tuam residents must know more about the burial arrangements at its home.

While there’s little information about deaths in some institutions, including Kilrush.


The Commission concludes that children who died at Tuam were not buried in a purpose built chamber.

The report is critical of the Sisters of Bon Secours who ran the Tuam mother and baby home and former members and officials of Galway County Council which owned it.

The Childrens Minister Katherine Zappone says the commission fully believes people are withholding information in Tuam.

The commission were also unable to establish where 900 children who died at Bessborough Home in Cork were buried.

The Commission believes that the children are buried on the grounds but doesn’t consider it feasible to excavate the 60 acre site at Bessborough.

There is very little information available about deaths in some institutions, including the Kilrush mother and baby home, which housed 320 women and 160 children between 1922 and 1926.

After it closed, the offical policy for Clare was to send mothers to Sean Ross Abbey In Tipperary, and the results of an excavation at a child burial site there are currently being examined.

The commission will report its findings along with an analysis of the causes of death in its final report which is due in February 2020.