For victims of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes, inquiry stirs up painful past
Haunted by ghostly visions of the brothers she never knew, Anna Corrigan had a bad night ahead of the publication on Tuesday of a 3,000-page report into the horrors that unfolded at Ireland’s Church-run Mother and Baby Homes.
Her older brothers, John and William Dolan, were born at one of the homes for unmarried mothers and their infants, in the provincial town of Tuam in western Ireland. They are thought to be among 802 babies and children who died at the home and were unceremoniously dumped in a mass grave by the Catholic nuns who ran it.
“I had a very bad night’s sleep last night,” Corrigan told Reuters in a Zoom interview from her home in Dublin, describing unsettling dreams about her family.
Along with other people affected by the Tuam tragedy, she is awaiting Tuesday’s release of an inquiry report into alarmingly high death rates at the homes, which deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has already said made difficult reading.
“My heart is breaking for every survivor,” said Corrigan. “I feel traumatised.”