Minister Says Religious Orders Must Contribute To Redress For Mother And Baby Home Survivors

The Taoiseach will apologise on behalf of the state in the Dáil later

The Children’s Minister says religious orders have a moral obligation to contribute to any redress scheme for the survivors of Mother and Baby Homes.

A report found there was an appalling level of infant mortality in the homes and thousands of women and children were shamed and stigmatised.

247 infant deaths were recorded at Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home, with almost 5,000 women admitted between 1935 and 1971.

Children’s Minister, Roderic O’Gorman, believes the religious orders should contribute to any financial compensation for the survivors:

The Taoiseach will apologise on behalf of the State in the Dail later to the survivors of Mother and Baby Homes.

Micheál Martin described the report as harrowing and said society did this to the women and children.

But historian Catherine Corless says those comments have caused a lot of hurt:

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