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Poll: Should the mother and baby home inquiry be expanded?

Even if it takes longer to come up with a conclusion?

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THE COMMISSION OF Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes might be expanded to include more institutions, according to a report from the Irish Times this morning.

The current terms of reference, or the guidelines for what the inquiry will look into, will focus on 14 mother and baby homes and four county homes.

But after the confirmation that a ‘significant’ amount of foetal and children’s remains were found in a sewage system near the Tuam mother and baby home, the government is considering expanding the terms of reference to include more institutions.

According to the Justice for Magdalenes research organisation, there are 180 institutions, agencies and individuals who were involved with unmarried mothers and their children.

The Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors say that approximately 35,000 women and girls went through nine mother and baby homes, including the one at Tuam, between 1904 and 1996.

But the Commission, which began its work in 2015, would need more time to look at all the evidence, meaning more time would be needed to reach a conclusion (and find out who’s responsible, if anyone).

So we’re asking: Do you think the mother and baby home inquiry should be expanded?

Poll Results:

Yes (8548)
 No (928)
I don't know (312)

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