Inquiry needed into Tuam deaths


East Galway TD Paul Connaughton has backed calls for a full investigation into the level of infant deaths at the Bon Secours-run mother and baby home in Tuam between 1925 and 1961 and said that every effort must be made to determine how the 796 children involved died.
‘I would like to commend the local Children’s Home Graveyard Committee for all their work to date, it was through research instigated by the Committee that this issue was brought to light. Death records show that 796 children were buried at a site on the Dublin Road in Tuam, close to the former mothers’ and babies’ home.
‘A full and thorough investigation, including the Gardaí, is now needed to determine what took place in the years from 1925 to 1961 and I would encourage anyone who has information on the subject to come forward.
‘Many families in east Galway are very upset by this issue, there are many elderly women in the region whose babies were born in that home and the sooner that the matter is properly investigated the better for all concerned.’