Wed, 22 May 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Irish government has  published  the  Fifth  Interim  Report  from  the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

The   Fifth   Interim  Report  examines  the  burial  arrangements  in  the institutions  under  investigation  by  the  Commission. The  report  also examines  the  transfer  of  remains  to  educational  institutions for the purpose  of  anatomical examination.

The  Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone took the report to government on Tuesday,  securing  approval  for  its publication on Wednesday. The  government says the findings have been noted and will be sent to the relevant agencies for further consideration.

"This is a significant piece of work  from  the  Commission that addresses important issues relating to the burial  arrangements  at  these institutions," Zappone said Wednesday.

"The Commission is collating a huge  amount of material and examining the matters before it in a way never before possible. This report reflects the sheer depth and complexity of the work  the Commission is undertaking. I know that that many former residents and  their  family  members  have  been  patiently awaiting this report and believe that it will assist in bringing clarity to this matter."

The Commission has said that it will include an analysis of the causes of deaths  and  the registration of deaths in its final report which is due by February 2020.

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