Tuam Home report now due in 2018

Galway Independent

The Galway historian who uncovered the ‘Tuam Babies’ story has spoken of her disappointment that an investigation into Mother and Baby Homes will not include adoptions.

The Commission investigating 18 Mother and Baby Homes across the country, including the one in Tuam, was last week granted an extension of time to complete its three reports into the homes. However, it will not now include adoptions that took place outside these institutions.

All reports must now be completed by February 2018. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone said the extension of time was to accommodate “the large number of witnesses coming forward”.

At least 150 witnesses have come forward since the Commission was set up in January 2015 and it is expected this could rise to 500.

Speaking this week, Tuam historian Catherine Corless said, “I was disappointed with Minister Zappone’s statement on the illegal adoption front and also for the group who have campaigned for so long to have everyone included in the Inquiry.”

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