Belfast Telegraph

Magdalene homes probe 'too narrow'

By Ed Carty

Survivors of Irish institutions for unmarried mothers and their babies have called for an urgent meeting with the Taoiseach over demands to extend an inquiry into deaths in the homes.

A commission set up to investigate alleged abuse at one Catholic Church facility in Tuam, Co Galway, has excavated part of a burial site and found a significant quantity of human remains in underground chambers.

The Coalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors said it wanted all living people who passed through that home or any of the other facilities to be included in a statutory investigation.

"It is deeply unfair and hurtful to our community that so many of our fellow survivors have been omitted from the inquiry," a spokesman said.

"The real issue here is Ireland's treatment of single mothers and their babies, not what happened to some behind the high walls of the mother and baby homes.

"There cannot be a hierarchy of survivors. We are all equal and we need immediate full inclusion for all survivors."

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