NEWS — 26 June 2014

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A vigil for hundreds of babies who died in homes for unmarried mothers in Ireland is to take place outside the Irish Embassy in London.

The group ‘Justice for 800 Tuam Babies’ are organising a mass silent protest to represent thousands of Irish people in the capital on Thursday, July 3.

The group has over four thousand Facebook members and was established following the highly publicised revelations about Mother and Children Homes in Ireland.

The candle-lit vigil is to call for further investigation into the events surrounding the homes following criticism by International Human Rights Bodies into previous inquiries.

The group says the Irish Government has partially addressed locating further mass graves and institutional drug testing but have failed to tackle a number of other issues.

They want answers about the extent of forced separation between children and their mothers and for a sufficient response for victims of the Magdalene Laundries.

The UN Committee Against Torture have said that the McAleese account “lacked many elements of a prompt independent, and thorough investigation”.

They have also heavily criticised the lack of criminal prosecutions by the Irish State in relation to findings of child abuse.

For more information on the vigil, visit the Facebook event group here.

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