Tuam work recognised Corless gets honorary degree from Trinity
The remains of babies and children at ■ the site of the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway should be DNA tested so their bones may be accurately gathered together, and each child given a “decent burial on consecrated ground”, historian Catherine Corless has said.
The woman whose research found death certificates for 796 infants buried at the site was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor in Laws for her work by Trinity College Dublin yesterday.
In an interview with Prof Aoife McLysaght, before an audience in Trinity, Ms Corless said she hoped the State’s commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes, due to report in February, would meet calls from survivors for truth and justice. Minister for Children Catherine Zappone’s proposal for a forensic excavation of the Tuam site was approved at Cabinet in October Also awarded honorary degrees by Trinity College were Irish poet Thomas Kinsella and American physicist Michal Lipson who received degrees from chancellor of the university Mary Robinson.