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# 800 babies

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# mother and baby home
Excavation to take place at site of alleged mass grave at Tuam
The excavation will take place following allegations about the deaths of 800 babies and the manner in which they were buried.
# Media Frenzy
'These children need to be remembered': It's almost a year since the Tuam Babies controversy
Historian Catherine Corless and some mother and baby home survivors have been looking back at the time the story broke last year.
# tuam babies
Second burial ground found at Tuam mother and baby home
It is not believed. however, that the plot holds any more bodies than previously disclosed.
# Investigation
Inquiry should 'examine all issues faced by children born out of wedlock'
The deadline for submissions on the terms of reference for the mother-and-baby inquiry passed today, with one group calling for all survivor groups to be consulted .
# the commission
Want a say on the mother-and-baby inquiry? Midday today is the deadline...
Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan is hoping to have the terms for the wide-ranging Commission of Investigation set up before the Dáil summer recess…
Opinion: After two decades as a journalist, no project I’ve handled has been quite as harrowing
In the course of compiling a book about the abuse of children in industrial schools, I came face to face with one of the darkest chapters in Ireland’s history.
# tuam babies
County homes ruled out of inquiry to prevent a "bottomless quagmire"
The Minister for Children said the investigation into mother-and-baby homes must have a time-limit and be cost-effective.
Opinion: Where does fatherhood feature in story of mother-and-baby homes?
Interestingly, in all the coverage about mother-and-baby homes over the past few weeks, the role of the fathers hasn’t been addressed to any extent.
Opinion: It is a bittersweet time for victims of institutional abuse – the least we can do is listen
Victims of mother-and-baby homes as well as the Bethany Homes must finally have their voices heard.
Opinion: Abuse and neglect are being hidden in plain sight – but will we open our eyes?
History will judge us every bit as harshly as we are now judging the society which condemned women and children to mother-and-baby homes.
# talk to us
"We're the ones who lived this our whole lives": Mother-and-baby home residents have some advice for the Government
Groups representing children born in the homes and women who gave birth in the institutions have been setting out their priorities for the investigation.
# Oireachtas agenda
Does Ireland's corporate tax rate need to be changed?
TDs will debate the controversial issue in the Dáil today.
# Inquiry
Bethany Home, where 222 children died, to be included in mother and baby home investigation
The Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan said today that he was conscious of the grievances felt by those connected to the Bethany Home, a protestant-run home on Dublin’s Orwell Road.
# Mother and Baby
Bishops: We are reminded of a time when unmarried mothers were rejected by Church
They encouraged all those who ran these homes to gather and offer up any documents that might be of assistance.
# Reaction
'Time to shed light on another dark period': Broad welcome for mother-and-baby investigation
Campaign groups have broadly welcomed this afternoon’s developments. There was also an observation that the matter “could have been dealt with decades ago”.
# tuam babies
"For anybody to feign shock at this information I think is to be disingenuous" --- Mary Lou
Sinn Féin are tabling a motion calling for a full judge-led inquiry into mother-and-baby homes. Fianna Fáil are expected to back it.
# tuam babies
Explainer: What is happening with the possible mass grave of children in Tuam?
We look at how the story has unfolded, and the many, many questions that still remain.
# Oireachtas agenda
Do sexual assault laws discriminate against people with disabilities?
Senator Katherine Zappone thinks they need to be updated and will present a Bill on the subject in the Seanad today.
# 800 babies
Tuam mass grave to be discussed at Cabinet this morning
Sinn Féin is calling for an independent judicial inquiry to be set up immediately.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Everyone’s talking about mother and baby homes, a homeless shelter and the death of Rik Mayall.
# Injections
Ten mother and baby homes carried out vaccine trials on almost 300 children - report
It is believed the trials took place between 1960 to 1976.
# 800 babies
Tusla given "sensitive, personal" records from three mother-and-baby homes
The information relates to the Tuam home, Bessborough in Cork, and St Patrick’s on the Navan Road in Dublin.
# full inquiry
Education Minister backs Archbishop's call for mother-and-baby homes investigation
Diarmuid Martin has called for a “full-bodied investigation” into all mother-and-baby homes.
# 800 babies
Archbishop calls for 'full-bodied investigation' into all mother-and-baby homes
Diarmuid Martin said that any investigation needs to ensure that the culture that existed in past has been stamped out.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
Everyone’s talking about calls for an investigation into mother-and-baby homes, a hijacked taxi, and new pyrite issues.
Opinion: Horror doesn't belong to the past, Ireland's most vulnerable are still marginalised and neglected
These are the unpalatable facts: we are living at a time of growing homelessness and food poverty, and we allow vulnerable children to socially excluded, neglected and ignored.
Aaron McKenna: The nation, not just the Church, bears responsibility for horrors of the past
For Irish people who lived through these times to claim no knowledge of what went on in places like Tuam is disingenuous – and smacks of “I was only following orders”.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
Everyone’s talking about ground tests at the Tuam grave site, mayors and our improved credit rating.
# 800 babies
Radar tests carried out on Tuam site to find mass grave
The test has been commissioned by the Irish Mail on Sunday which will publish the results in this weekend’s edition of the paper.
# 800 babies
Frances Fitzgerald confirms she has ordered a garda report into the Tuam babies revelations
It comes amid ongoing controversy about the mass grave at the site of a former Bon Secours mother and baby home.
# 800 babies
Amnesty International: Tuam investigation must be independent, effective and transparent
A Government task force has been set up to examine the Tuam revelations, and is due to report back by the end of this month.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Everyone’s talking about the Tuam babies, redundancies and a manhunt in Canada.
# 800 babies
Taoiseach says he wants to know the full extent of the mass grave in Tuam and if there are other sites
The Children’s Minister said “these revelations are a reminder of our darker past where children were far from cherished”.
Opinion: Tuam's 800 babies – a legacy of shame and horror beyond words
The misogynistic meddling of the Catholic church in affairs of this young state was detrimental to the blossoming of a whole, enlightened and fulfilled society – and nobody bore the brunt of that more than vulnerable women and their babies.
# 800 babies
TD calls for Tuam mass grave to be declared a crime scene
Catherine Murphy was among those to call for a full public inquiry into the situation.
# 800 babies
Multiple government departments to deal with 'deeply disturbing revelations' of child burials
The issue has come to light as a result of research which found death records for 796 infants in an unmarked grave beside a children’s home.
# tip of the iceberg
Mary Lou McDonald warns that Tuam mass grave could be one of 'dozens'
Sinn Féin’s deputy leader has called for a public inquiry to look into all mother and baby homes nationwide.