Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

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Infant death rates at the Bessborough mother-and-baby home in Cork soared to almost 70% in the early 1940s.

The revelations come just two months after the Government announced a statutory commission to investigate practices, deaths, illegal adoptions and vaccine trials at the country’s mother-and-baby homes.

Previous research done by adoption campaigners indicated a death rate of around 50% and above at Bessborough throughout the late 1930s and 1940s.

However, material uncovered by the Irish Examiner in the Cork City archives shows an official investigation carried out by the Cork County Medical Officer in 1943, on foot of inquiries from a Department of Local Government inspector, confirmed a death rate of 68% at the home.


68% of babies in Bessborough home died (Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner)

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4 thoughts on “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

  1. Starina

    Broadsheet, please don’t let this story die…the establishment would be delighted if it disappeared off our radar.

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