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Mayor Of Kildare Offers "Wholehearted", "Unequivocal" Apology To Mother & Baby Home Survivors.

: 22/02/2021 - 19:01

The Mayor of Kildare has issued a wholehearted apology,  "without equivocation" to survivors of Mother and Baby Homes.

Fine Gael Cllr., Mark Stafford, made the statement at this afternoon's meeting of Kildare County Council.

He noted "the women and children who suffered as a result of this councils failure to look after some of the most vulnerable and terrified people entrusted in our care. Forgotten and abandoned, many had to endure the most unbearable cruelties. We remember the many young women and babies that died in tragic circumstances in these Homes."

Kildare County Council was responsible for the operation of the County Home, in Athy, which opened in 1898 and closed in 1969.

Mayor Stafford says "Overall responsibility for the homes owned by a local authority rested with the local authority. They were responsible for the upkeep, improvements and oversight. I welcome the Government Action Plan and hope that the Government proceeds with implementation with all due haste.

I wish to acknowledge in addition to those women and children who were resident in the County Home, those from Kildare that may have been sent to similar institutions and in other parts of the country and those survivors who have now made their homes in County Kildare and your families we acknowledge our failings to support you, protect you and keep you safe and for that we are sorry."

The final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes, which examined 18 institutions, nationwide, in the period 1922 and 1998, found that 9.000 children died in these homes.

Mayor Stafford says "In relation to the Publication of the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes on behalf of the members, the Chief Executive and staff of the County Council of the County of Kildare I wish to apologise wholeheartedly and without equivocation to the women and children who suffered as a result of this councils failure to look after some of the most vulnerable and terrified people entrusted in our care. Forgotten and abandoned, many had to endure the most unbearable cruelties. We remember the many young women and babies that died in tragic circumstances in these Homes.

Mayor Stafford will be Clem Ryan's guest on Tuesday's edition of Kildare Today, from 9am, to discuss Kildare County Council's apology.

 

File image: Mark Stafford/KCC

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