Katherine Zappone seeks excavation of entire Tuam home site

Cabinet ministers will be told today to make a decision “quickly” on the potential excavation of the entire Tuam mother and baby home in order to identify the people buried at the site.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone will issue the call as she outlines plans for a Government group to begin appointing technical experts to oversee the work.

Earlier this year, the Government confirmed the presence of the bones of hundreds of babies and children at a former septic tank on the grounds of the Tuam site.

Ms Zappone is expected to say that specific decisions on the appointment of technical experts must now be taken “quickly” to have the best chance of identifying remains and assisting relatives of the people involved.

The Irish Examiner understands the minister will tell Cabinet colleagues these measures will include site excavation options; best international practice for identifying the remains; and technical work on how to protect human remains on the site during excavation.

While no decision on excavations on other homes has been made, it is expected the Tuam work will be extended to other locations.


Related Articles

World premier of Tuam Mother and Baby home documentary to take place at Cork Film Festival

Honour for historian who uncovered Tuam Mother and Baby Home mass grave story

Another Tuam site to be scanned for infant remains

Further tests planned for Tuam mother and baby home site this month

More in this Section

Councillor among three charged with criminal damage over street names

900 diagnosed annually with alcohol-related cancer: HSE

Ireland is eighth most expensive globally for broadband

Semen on child’s top matched accused, court hears


Breaking Stories

Arlene Foster: Sinn Féin 'glorification of terrorism' a hindrance to deal

Investigation finds some hospital consultants treating more private patients than agreed by HSE

Watch live: Society matters - reconnecting people and the state

'Polar low' to bring snow and ice to Ireland this week

Lifestyle

Making Cents: Black Friday is an opportunity - but be careful

Dishing out the chores

Quietly successful: Meet the man behind ECM Records

More From The Irish Examiner