Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

Ire­land’s gov­ern­ment has ap­proved a foren­sic ex­ca­va­tion of a Catholi­crun orphanage where a mass grave con­tain­ing the re­mains of hun­dreds of chil­dren was dis­cov­ered.

Chil­dren’s Min­is­ter Kather­ine Zap­pone, pic­tured, an­nounced the ex­ca­va­tion and re­cov­ery of re­mains. There will be a re­spect­ful burial where pos­si­ble, she said.

The ex­ca­va­tion, which will be­gin af­ter leg­is­la­tion is passed, fol­lows a re­port from a com­mis­sion that con­firmed last year that the for­mer Bon Se­cours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Gal­way, had an un­der­ground sewage struc­ture di­vided into 20 cham­bers con­tain­ing “sig­nif­i­cant quan­ti­ties of hu­man re­mains.”

Church-run homes in Ire­land housed or­phans, un­mar­ried preg­nant women and their ba­bies for most of the 20th cen­tury. The in­sti­tu­tions have been sub­ject to in­tense pub­lic scru­tiny since a lo­cal his­to­rian in 2014 tracked down death cer­tifi­cates for nearly 800 chil­dren who had died as res­i­dents of the fa­cil­ity — but could find a burial record for only one child.


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