Irish prime minister apologizes for abuse in maternal and child homes By Reuters

© Reuters. Ireland publishes research result on church-run maternity and child homes

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin on Wednesday offered a formal apology in parliament for the treatment of single mothers and their babies in a network of homes run by the Catholic Church from the 1920s through the 1920s. 1990. A government-commissioned report released Tuesday found a “shocking” death rate of about 15% among children born at home, reflecting brutal living conditions. Around 9,000 children died in total. “On behalf of the government, the state and its citizens, I apologize for the profound generational error suffered by Irish mothers and their children who ended up in a home for mothers and babies or a county home,” Martin told parliament.

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