Why No Inquests?

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From left: Social Democrat TD Holly Cairns; Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial site

Yesterday.

Dáil Éireann.

Social Democrat TD Holly Cairns asked Taoiseach Micheál Martin if he would observe the ‘legal obligation’ to hold inquests into deaths at Mother and baby Homes.

Deputy Cairns said:

“Under the Coroners Act, it is the duty of a coroner to hold an inquest when a body is found in his or her district and when a person dies in State custody or detention.

Given that the mother and baby homes commission has reported on mass disappeared infants’ and children’s remains in unmarked graves, there is a legal obligation for inquests to be carried out for each deceased individual.

We know this relates to a large number of coroners in every relevant district and would be unprecedented in the use of resources. There is a legal obligation, however. Will the Taoiseach ensure that coroners carry out their duty to ensure that survivors get justice?

Taoiseach Micheál Martin replied:

“I will make further inquiries on this. There are clearly legal obligations but that in itself is an enormous challenge going back to the early decades of the State from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The 1940s in particular saw an appallingly high infant mortality rate in mother and baby homes. The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is developing a broad base response to the commission’s report. How to deal with this will form part of it.”

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4 thoughts on “Why No Inquests?

  1. Joe

    At the very least a significant number of sample inquests should be carried out. Inquests chosen by survivors along with independent professionals. I would be very unsurprised if there were no burials that had taken place in much more recent times without inquests and they should be investigated as well.
    I do expect the unholy alliance of FFFGGP and the church hierarchy will continue as long as possible to repress the horrors of the Mother and Baby homes.

  2. GiggidyGoo

    ‘There are clearly legal obligations but that in itself is an enormous challenge going back to the early decades of the State from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s’

    So enormous that he’ll try find a way to get out of it. As Joe says above, the ‘unholy alliance of FFFGGP and the church hierarchy will continue as long as possible to repress the horrors of the Mother and Baby homes’

  3. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    it’s ok they said ” sorry ” and sure it’s all our fault anyway

  4. ida

    Disgusting reply from taoiseach. At the very least the remains should be dated, for all anyone knows these corpses could be very recent and killed unlawfully.

    I sense a FF cover up, aided and abetted by FG.

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