RTE R1’s Morning Ireland today reported on pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s links with Sligo Institute of Technology and its plans to expand its Stiefel plant in Co Sligo (above).
GlaxoSmithKline, in its previous incarnation Burroughs Wellcome, was the company which carried out vaccine trials on children in care homes throughout Ireland in 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1961, 1965, 1971 and 1973.
Its 2009 decision to close the Stiefel Laboratory was reversed in 2012 following the return of records relating to the trials by the Child Abuse Commission.
In 2010 the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children requested these records from Glaxo Smith Kline, which indicated that although prepared to hold the records for the foreseeable future, it would not hand them over without a court order.
The government has yet to state whether or not the proposed inquiry into mother and baby homes will include vaccine trials carried out in these homes.
Previously: Medical Trials And Children Of Lesser Gods