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‘Appalling’ baby death rate in Irish Catholic homes for unmarried mothers



About nine thousand infants died in Irish homes for unmarried mothers and their offspring mostly run by the Catholic Church from the 1920s to the 1990s, an inquiry has found – an “appalling” mortality rate that reflected brutal living conditions.

Up to 800 children were buried in a mass grave at the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, County Galway, in western Ireland, run by the Catholic Church from 1925-61. Photo: EPA/AIDAN CRAWLEY

The report, which covered 18 so-called Mother and Baby Homes where over decades young pregnant women were hidden from society, is the latest in a series of government-commissioned papers that have laid bare some of the…

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