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Hundreds attend vigil in remembrance of those who died in mother and baby homes

Crowds marched from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to the gates of the Dáil last night.

Justice for the Tuam Babies march. Ite Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE attended a vigil last night in remembrance of babies and mothers who died in mother and baby homes across the country.

Crowds marched from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to the gates of the Dáil.

The vigil was organised by Justice for the Tuam Babies.

Items such as teddy bears and children’s shoes were attached to the railings outside the Dáil to memory of those who died in the homes.

Song and poetry was performed byBrian Kennedy, Don Baker, Liam O’Maonlaí and Karen Casey.

Justice for the Tuam Babies march. A s Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Justice for the Tuam Babies march. Mem Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Justice for the Tuam Babies march. Mem Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Remembrance events were also held in other parts of the country last night.

Galway Pro-Choice also held a vigil in the children’s playground in Eyre Square in Galway as a mark of respect for the babies and children that died at the mother and baby home in Tuam, County Galway last night.

Justice for the Tuam Babies march. Mem Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Rachel Donnelly of Galway Pro-Choice said they are demanding sincere apologies from the Catholic Church and the Irish State.

“As a society, Ireland must learn from the history of our past and translate that into our treatment of women and children in the present day, especially those in institutional care. We call for the complete and immediate separation of Church and State, above all in our health system,” she said.

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