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.