UPDATE: “Significant quantities of human remains have been discovered in at least 17 of the 20 underground chambers which were examined. A small number of remains were recovered for the purpose of analysis. These remains involved a number of individuals with age-at-death ranges from approximately 35 fetal weeks to two to three years. Radiocarbon dating of the samples recovered suggest that the remains date from the time frame relevant to the operation of the Mother and Baby Home (the Mother and Baby Home operated from 1925 to 1961; a number of the samples are likely to date from the 1950s). Further scientific tests are being conducted.”
The most commonly cited cause of death was “debility from birth”, which lead to the deaths of 196 children - 24% of the total. A further 124 died from respiratory illnesses and a further 82 died from measles. At one point 31.6% of infants under the age of one in the care of sisters died. An estimated 35,000 unwed mothers are thought to have passed through the doors of the 10 to 14 such institutes in Ireland.
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Information and Counselling Services
There is a telephone Information line available for people seeking information or details of support available to those affected by these issues. Those seeking such information may telephone the HSE National Information Line; Low Call Telephone 1850 24 1850 during Monday to Friday 9am to 5 pm.
Those affected can also directly contact the CONNECT free telephone out of hours professional counselling and support service where they can talk in confidence with a trained counsellor. CONNECT is an out of hours service available Wednesday through to Sunday from 6pm until 10pm. The CONNECT out of hours service is contactable at Freephone 1800 477 477 from the Republic of Ireland and 00800 477 477 77 from Northern Ireland and the UK.
The National Counselling Service is also available to assist those affected. The HSE National Counselling Service is a professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service available free of charge in all regions of the Health Service Executive for adults who have experienced trauma and abuse in childhood with priority given to adult survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland. Callers to the HSE National Information line will be connected to a local service.
Finally, those seeking adoption information and tracing information may wish to visit the following sites:
Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) - Tusla - Child and Family Agency or
The Adoption Authority of Ireland - Adoption Authority of Ireland.
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