Judge Murphy to head mother-and-baby home investigation

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Judge Yvonne Murphy will chair the investigation into Church run mother-and-baby homes it was announced today.

Murphy previously headed the 2009 ‘Murphy Report’ investigation into the clerical abuse scandal and was also a key figure in securing compensation for the Irish victims of symphysiotomy.

New Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly made the announcement this afternoon with the publication of the Report of Inter Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes.

He said: “I am delighted that a widely respected person of the calibre of Judge Yvonne Murphy has agreed to head up this investigation.

“Judge Murphy has a very strong track record in effectively establishing the truth in relation to important and sensitive matters.

“She is ideally suited to this challenging role.

“I believe Judge Murphy’s agreement to undertake the role of Chair of the Commission is a very positive development in the process to establish an effective and independent investigation.”

Today’s report details of numbers of births and deaths in various institutions across Ireland and also information on the controversial vaccine trials that children in these homes were subjected to.

It also reports that the remains of 474 dead children were transferred to medical schools without the consent of their families between 1940 and 1965.

This is on top of nearly 2,000 children from the homes being put up for adoption in the United States – with little or no records on parental consent.

The Irish Government announced that there would be a full investigation into mother-and-baby homes in May following the revelation of the 796 infant deaths in Tuam between 1925 and 1961.

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