“The bodies of 796 children, between the ages of two days and nine years old, have been found in a disused sewage tank in Tuam, County Galway.
They died between 1925 and 1961 in a mother and baby home under the care of the Bon Secours nuns.
Locals have known about the grave since 1975, when two little boys, playing, broke apart the concrete slab covering it and discovered a tomb filled with small skeletons.
A parish priest said prayers at the site, and it was sealed once more, the number of bodies below unknown, their names forgotten.
Do not say Catholic prayers over these dead children. Don’t insult those who were in life despised and abused by you.
Instead, tell us where the rest of the bodies are. There were homes throughout Ireland, outrageous child mortality rates in each.
Were the Tuam Bon Secours sisters an anomalous, rebellious sect?
Or were church practices much the same the country over?
If so, how many died in each of these homes?
What are their names?
Where are their graves?
We don’t need more platitudinous damage control, but the truth about our history.”