More than 7,000 babies and children died in Ireland’s mother and baby homes during the last century, new documents reveal.
But the real figure is likely to be much higher as records do not include miscarriages or stillbirths.
In some cases, babies who survived only a few hours were wrongly registered as stillborns to avoid registering the birth and the death.
Now documents shown to the Irish Mirror by Paul Redmond, chairman of the Coalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors, reveal the true extent of the shocking loss of life.
The figures relate to the nine “official” mother and baby homes with the number of women and girls estimated to have gone through these institutions at between 25,000 and 27,000.
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