Fact-finding mission into the deaths of 796 babies believed to be buried in a mass grave in Tuam.

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Reports that almost 800 children were buried near a disused septic tank at a mother and babies home that was run by the Bon Secours nuns. Read more:

Yesterday we had 2014 Jun 07 The terror organization Catholic Church and today I read articles in Irish media on this and bring some extract from them:

 

Baby deaths: now Gardai probe the Tuam 'mass grave'

Private sonar survey on site can't tell how many bodies are buried

Two senior gardai are to conduct a "fact-finding" mission into the deaths of 796 babies believed to be buried in a mass grave in Tuam.

The officers were appointed on Friday, on foot of a request by Justice Minister to gather the "facts" behind reports that almost 800 children were buried near a disused septic tank at a mother and babies home that was run by the Bon Secours nuns.

They have been asked to gather all surviving records, including death certificates and the ledgers kept by the mother and baby home until it closed in 1961. Crucially, the officers are also expected to carry out preliminary tests on the site of the suspected mass grave, which lies on the edge of a housing estate in the Galway town.

The exploratory inquiry marks the first step in an official Garda response to the revelations, as yet another religious scandal that was overlooked by Irish authorities for years hit the international headlines.

It follows the discovery by a local historian that 796 babies and infants died at the home, with death certificates citing measles, tuberculosis and malnutrition among the causes. There is no record of the children's burial in cemeteries and locals believe they were dumped beside a septic tank over the years.

The scandal was one of the items discussed at a meeting of the commissioner, assistant commissioners and other senior management in Tallaght on Friday.

A source told the Sunday Independent: "What you are seeing is fact-finding and a preliminary examination to establish the scale of this first. And then they can decide is it necessary to proceed to a full examination of the ground."

 

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