Ireland New site in Tuam to be excavated for 'unmarked children's graves' - reports

15:05  04 september  2017
15:05  04 september  2017 Source:   Independent.ie

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Minister for Children , Katherine Zappone said that the coroner' s results would determine the direction of the investigation and that the commission will determine if other sites need to be excavated , including another part ^ "Almost 800 infants buried in unmarked graves in Tuam , County Galway".

No memorial was erected to the dead children and the grave was left unmarked . But a missing persons' report just filed to Irish police, gardai, means that the burial site may now be excavated . Death records for 796 children at Tuam home published in full.

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Galway. Photo: PA© Provided by Irish Independent The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Galway. Photo: PA A site in the Galway town of Tuam is to be excavated to find out if an unmarked children's grave is on the site, according to reports.

A ground-penetrating scan, similar to the one carried out on the town's mother and baby home, is due to be carried out on the grounds of the former religious-run Grove Hospital in the town.

The HSE bought the former site, previously owned by the Bon Secours nuns, in 2001 and last year they sought permission to develop a mental health facility here.

However, the Irish Daily Mail is reporting that a group of people who believe the site may contain human remains have appealed the case to An Bord Pleanála.

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The unmarked site hides the tragic secret of the young single women and their children who were housed in the home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam , Co. Galway, for much of the 20th century. But thanks to a missing persons report to gardaí, the burial site may now be excavated .

Corless was appalled that even after reporting her findings, most of the Tuam media didn't cover the story -- that is , until a relative of William Joseph Dolan, one of the The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, which was set up in July 2016, has ordered that the site be excavated .

According to  Freedom of Information (FOI) documents released to the newspaper, An Bord Pleanála ruled that the conditions for planning permission include an excavation at the site.

The planning document, dated July 31, states the developer must facilitate the "preservation, recording and protection of archaeological materials or features that may exist within the site".

The document also states that a '"suitably qualified archaeologist" should be employed to monitor all investigation works and to "secure the preservation and protection of any remains that may exist" there.

In March Children's Minister Katherine Zappone confirmed that significant quantities of human remains had been discovered at a Galway site excavated by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation.

The Commission of Investigation is currently probing how unmarried mothers and their babies were treated between 1922 and 1998 at 18 State-linked religious institutions.

Independent.ie has contacted the HSE for a comment

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