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Ireland mass infant grave: 'Malnutrition major factor'

The Irish government is considering an inquiry into how almost 800 babies and children died while in the care of a home run by Roman Catholic nuns.

Historian Catherine Corless spent years investigating what happened to the children, who lost their lives in the former St Mary's mother-and-baby home in County Galway between 1925 and 1961.

She concluded many of their bodies were buried in an unmarked mass grave on the site and is raising money to erect a memorial.

Philip Boucher-Hayes, an investigative journalist from the Irish broadcaster RTE, said that the children probably died from malnutrition, but the nuns had been paid to look after them.

  • 07 Jun 2014
  • From the section Europe
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