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Children's Minister Katherine Zappone. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Eilish O'Regan
December 5 2017 6:51 PM


The investigation into mother-and-baby homes is delayed and a report will not now be ready until February 2019, it emerged today.


The extension was granted by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone after receiving the Third Interim Report from the Commission of Investigation.


The delay will disappoint many elderly people who are desperate for information about relatives and loved ones who died in the homes including the home in Tuam, which was the subject of research by Catherine Corless whose work led to the discovery of the remains of hundreds of babies at the site.


The commission is analysing information about mothers and children who were residents in the 14 named mother and baby Homes and the four county homes.


They are looking for facts on mothers and children including living conditions, mortality rates, post mortem practices and vaccine trials in the institutions. They are also examining  practices in relation to placement for fostering and adoption.


The interim report said yesterday that some some of these issues have proved to be very time consuming – in particular, the commission has spent considerable time trying to establish the burial practices in Tuam.


The records of admission, residence and discharge of the large mother and baby homes are held by the Child and Family Agency.


“Most of these records are in paper form. In order to make detailed analysis possible, the Commission decided to electronically scan the relevant records.


“This process is taking considerable time. The Commission has either electronically scanned or photocopied the records of institutions whose records are not held by the Child and Family Agency.”


Responding to the delay, survivors of the institutions expressed their outrage at the one year extension for the final report of the Mother and Baby home inquiry .

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