Tuam work recog­nised Cor­less gets hon­orary de­gree from Trin­ity

The Irish Times - - Home News - TIM O’BRIEN

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.

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