Sisters of Bon Secours: "We are deeply sorry"

Wednesday, January 13

The Sisters of Bon Secours have offered their "profound apoligies" following the report of the Commission of Investigation into the Mother and Baby Homes.

The religious order said that they did not live up to their Christianity when running the Home in Tuam, Co Galway.

In a statement issued today, the order said that  "we acknowledge in particular that infants and children who died at the Home were buried in a disrespectful and unacceptable way. For all that, we are deeply sorry".

"The Commission’s report presents a history of our country in which many women and children were rejected, silenced and excluded; in which they were subjected to hardship; and in which their inherent human dignity was disrespected, in life and in death".

The order has moved to acknowledge in particular that infants and children who died at the home were buried in a disrespectful and unacceptable way.

A spokesperson for the group says the Sisters of Bon Secours intend to participate in a redress scheme.

The statement concluded: "Healing is not possible until what happened is acknowledged. We hope and we pray that healing will come to all those affected; those who are living and those who have died. We hope that we, our church and our country can learn from this history."