LONDON (AP)-The Prime Minister of Ireland said on Tuesday that the country must “face up to the full truth of our past” because the long-awaited report described decades of harm to unmarried women and their babies by church-run houses. Thousands of babies died.
Prime Minister Michael Martin (Micheal Martin) said that in the past few decades, young women and their children have paid a heavy price for Ireland’s “bad religious morality”.
“Our attitudes towards sex and intimacy are completely distorted. Young mothers and their sons and daughters have paid a heavy price for this dysfunction,”
Martin said he will formally apologize to the state on behalf of the Irish Parliament on Wednesday.
Final report A survey of maternal and child homes revealed that in the 20th century, 9,000 children were killed in 18 different maternal and child homes. The report said that 15% of children in the family died, almost twice the national infant mortality rate. The main causes include respiratory infections and gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu.
The report said: “At that time, local and national authorities were aware of the high mortality rate and recorded it in official publications.”
However, the document went on to say: “Although there are many facts in the public domain, there is no evidence that the public is concerned about the conditions of mother-infant homes or the alarming mortality rate among children born in these families.”
The investigation is part of the liquidation process carried out by the vast majority of Catholics in Ireland. The church has a history of abuse in church-run institutions, including avoiding and humiliating unmarried mothers, many of whom were forced to give up baby support.
In Ireland, church-run houses were inhabited by orphans, unmarried pregnant women and their babies for most of the 20th century. Since 2014, the historian Catherine Corless (Catherine Corless) tracked the death certificates of nearly 800 children, these institutions have been closely scrutinized, these children in the former Bon Secours mother and baby in Tuam County Galway, Western Ireland The house died, but only one funeral could be found. Record a child.
Investigators later discovered a mass grave containing the remains of infants and young children in the underground sewage structure on the ground of the residence. The tomb was managed by a Catholic nun and was closed in 1961
The Commission of Inquiry said that approximately 56,000 unmarried mothers and approximately 57,000 children lived in the houses under investigation, with the largest number of hospital admissions in the 1960s and early 1970s.
It was not until 1998 that the last house was closed.
The report said: “Although maternal and child homes are not unique to Ireland, the proportion of unmarried Irish mothers accepted as maternal and child homes or (state-run) county-level housing in the 20th century may be the highest in the world,” said.
The committee stated that women’s lives were “affected by pregnancy outside of marriage, and their children’s fathers, immediate family members and the wider community responded to this.
The report added: “The vast majority of children in these institutions are’illegitimate children.’ Therefore, they have suffered discrimination throughout their lives.”
The Prime Minister said that the report “raised profound questions for the entire Irish society.”
He said: “No foreign power has imposed the content described in this report.” “As a society, we have done it to ourselves.”