More than 9,000 babies died in the unmarried mother’s home in Ireland between 1920 and 1990, many of which were run by Catholic religious orders, a long-awaited inquiry concluded after the campaign. From survivors and their grandchildren for many years.
In some years, in the 1930s and 1940s, reports say that more than 40% of the children in the home mother and child died before their first birthday.High mortality rates are often known to governments and local authorities.
Over the course of the study, approximately 15% of all children at 18 institutions under investigation died in homes, some of which are owned and operated by local health authorities and others on religious orders.
Ireland’s Prime Minister Micheál Martin said the report describes “The dark, difficult and scandalous chapter of Irish history of the past”; has a long-running sequel. He said the church, state and society share a common responsibility and that responsible religious orders should play a role in helping those in need of correction.
Some religious orders responsible for the House issued an apology. Former Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said that “the way the church transcended its role and became a governing church” and should apologize for comment to Irish broadcaster RTÉ. He said those responsible for harassment betrayed the vulnerable women and their claims.