started this petition to
Frances Fitzgerald, Irish Minister for Justice and Equality
We, the undersigned, call for a full judicial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 796 children, some of whose bodies may lie in a mass grave in Tuam, Co Galway, and for this to be part of an investigation covering all institutions of ‘care’ nationwide.
We understand that the children died while they were in the custody of the Bon Secours Sisters between
approximately 1925 and 1961. We are concerned that evidence suggests
that the mortality rate for these children was significantly higher than
the national rate of infant mortality at the time. And we are shocked
at reliable, contemporaneous accounts that the children were
malnourished and seemingly uncared-for, when the Irish State was paying
the Bon Secours to look after them.
We request that the investigation begin at the earliest possible date
and that the final report is made public, in full, when it is complete.
We also request that any individual or organization which fails to
co-operate fully, and in a timely fashion, with the investigation should
be charged with the obstruction of justice.