Tuam Mother and Baby Home Remains Will Be Exhumed, Ireland Says

Source: The New York Times

By Ed O’Loughlin

The grounds of the old mother and baby home in Tuam, Ireland.CreditCreditPaulo Nunes dos Santos for The New York Times

DUBLIN — The remains of children buried in the old septic system of a mother and baby home in Ireland will be exhumed and identified if possible, the government said Tuesday.

Officials said they would search the grounds of a home run for almost four decades in Tuam, where as many as hundreds of fetuses and babies may be buried.

“I understand that this is a hugely important decision for all connected to the site in Tuam, most especially those who believe they may have a loved one buried there and those now living close to the site,” said the Irish minister for children, Katherine Zappone. “I am committed to ensuring that all the children interred at this site can have a dignified and respectful burial.

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