13 February at 10:38 ·
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|Model of the Mother and Baby Home by Catherine Corless|
The 2nd excavation on the children's graveyard has been completed. This excavation took place in the same area as the one carried out in October 2016. It appears that the archaeologists did a more comprehensive dig and examination the 2nd time round, after they had examined their first find. Some large steel sheets approx. 10x8 feet were brought into the site last week, I have not been informed what these are for, as the Archaeologists are under 'a vow of secrecy' by the Inquiry Commission not to converse with anybody.
Although I have been before the Commission of Inquiry and have given them a copy of each and every piece of my years of research and findings into the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam and the children's graveyard, they do not engage with me as regards any revelations. I continue to help the Survivors of this Institutions on a daily basis in a voluntary capacity. My first step is to give them the information, that Tusla hold the Registers of mothers and children who have been in the Tuam Home, and I direct them to Tusla for that information, but so many Survivors come back to me in dismay that Tusla have no answers for them except for a few scant details. I then use my own limited resources to help them find news of their mothers/family, and often sadly just the resting place of family, as too much time has passed for contact. I can only hope that the Commission of Inquiry will do justice to all the Survivors and continue the probe into the children's graveyard, as it is the wish of Survivors who have family buried there to have this area recognised as a children's graveyard and to offer them some final dignity.
Meanwhile as regards the massive outpouring of grief and generosity from people worldwide back in 2014, there is a fund of nearly 40,000 Euro in place for the provision of the bronze plaques and memorial garden to the babies and children who died, with all the names and ages of those 798 babies and children who are buried there. We cannot go ahead with this plan of erecting the plaques and memorial garden until the Commission of Inquiry will issue their final Report on what they intend to do about the children's graveyard. I will post any new developments if I hear of any.