9 jul. 2020
Content warning: Some viewers may find this film distressing
Six years ago, Catherine Corless, a local historian from County Galway in the Republic of Ireland, discovered that hundreds of babies and young children had died in a home for unmarried pregnant women, run by Roman Catholic nuns in her hometown of Tuam.
Further research revealed that many of the babies had died of malnutrition and other forms of neglect. Most of their bodies had been disposed of, officially unrecorded, in an old septic tank buried in the grounds of the home.
Angry survivors and relatives called for an investigation – for the remains to be exhumed, identified and properly buried, for compensation and immediate government action. Concerned families began to ask questions about other homes run by the Church in Ireland and how many other babies had died in equally mysterious circumstances.
In 2015, in response to publicity and pressure in Dail Eireann, the lower house of the Irish Parliament, the government announced it was setting up an official Commission of Investigation. The body was required to provide answers by 2018. Indeed, some modest interim findings have since been released, but two years since its official publication date, the full report has still not seen the light of day.
This June, partially in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the report was again delayed until October 2020.
In its absence, the suspicion, frustration and anger of relatives have mushroomed. And the once shameful secret of a single small rural town is developing into a broader and more profound national scandal; an affair which goes to the heart of the close relationship between successive Irish governments and the Catholic Church.
In two special episodes of People and Power, from filmmakers Callum Macrae, Mark Williams and Al Jazeera correspondent Laurence Lee, we investigate deeply disturbing allegations that both the Irish state and its religious orders were responsible for a systematic decades-long regime of institutional neglect and exploitation involving the death of thousands of children.
Ireland is still in denial about it’s violent and abusive past. As children in national school in the sixties we also suffered abuse and violence
I’m Irish and this is the most shameful part of my history… Now often it’s ‘contextualized’ as a problem with the church… It’s so much worse than that… These women & children where first abandoned by the ‘fathers’ Then by their ‘family’ ( who where at times the ‘father’ ) and in turn their ‘communities’ After that, the church and state played their roll… The list of ‘people’ that failed them is long and dark… Of course all this ‘wrongdoing’ was compounded by the silence …and that ‘silence’ is owned by a great number of my countrymen to this day!.
So much pain 😢 My heart’s breaking for those mothers and children. How can people treat each other so horribly… torture kids… awful awful world..
Very very sick we need justice for these babies and moms who lost thier kids
So many people let these young mother’s and their children down, so sick and so sad. God will deal with those people.
I have no words, just tears
I’m not generalising Catholics but the catholic church as an establishment is corrupt and disgusting
It goes far beyond this, my uncle was sent to a home with Christian brothers, children were taken during the night and never seen again.
There was something similar in the Netherlands, unwed mothers were also sent to special homes to give birth, sometimes they were restrained and even blindfolded to prevent any bonding with the child, who was then put up for adoption. One woman later found out she’d been living in the same street as her son for years.
Surely they should pay for what they have done… This cannot be forgotten…. R.I.P to all those little children babies 💕
My whole heart goes out to these people who went through this awful suffering, i can only hope true karma is released on to the perpetrators of those who were complicit in this truely horrible crime against the innocent. Also all those who profited, and those who kept there mouths shut as thoroughly nasty conspirators. Thankyou Katherine Corless for making the stand for justice and speaking out for those in the ground long forgotten.
Thank You Al-Jazeera for Showing the TRUTH. Please keep up the Brave Work. We know what they did. The Sad Side is Non State News Wanted to Talk about it because their Afraid of the Corrupt Leader’s & Corrupt Church whom have been destroying the Church True Role.
The Catholic Church disgust me and the Irish state are shameful for trying to hide it, especially when all my family are from Tuam
these acts of religion, government and societal acceptance are illogical
I’ve been watching a lot about this. I’m glad to see this recent video and hope that the way will be open for finding answers.
Why are there a lot of people saying fake news but there are multiple news agencies talking about it
I want to know why Europe is becoming pro Catholic again after the evilness they have inflicted on millions of people????
Why isn’t this surprising to see the Catholic church involved in another horrific crime!?!
What’s the meaning of the word ‘church’?
These are religious people?? These are horrible atrocities !! 🤬🤬🤬🤬
Absolutely terrible,as someone of the same religion i find myself getting more and more distant from the church,i now refer to myself as being a catholic with a very small ‘c’ so sad and some people have to be held accountable,vile vile crimes like this should not be covered up any more. God Bless the Women and poor little children they will be forever in my prayers
Sadistic twisted minded people. Unfortunately , very active very powerful and well prospering today. Watch Spain and Poland repleted with priests cleaning young babies brains daily.
Our government has voted to seal any investigation documents related to this for the next 30 years
I have Irish nephews and nieces; this is quite depressing; only positive emotion, if any at all is- in the midst of such a scandal, I believe a few have had the courage and conscience to investigate, report and even apologize for the past crimes.
That’s all you should know about the christianity and religion itself.
Scandal? It’s genocide and has been going on in Ireland for centuries. Good ol’ catholic Ireland, a sewer of depravity.
Justice for these babies justice why are they mass protests this human trafficking
This makes me want to say ugly words to describe these devils in disguise
Genocide courtesy of the Catholic Church
I’m officially converting to Protestantism
It’s a Joke they Saying they forgot the Burial Grounds , Because they know when the World will see those Bodies they know they be Ashamed,Disgraced. So much Proof everywhere you look…
And the government tried to say it was the people of Ireland s fault for U.K.
Please remember that they do not represent all catholic Christians. The way they have acted is completely un-Christian. They have broken three of the Ten Commandments, 1. Do not lie : they were covering up murder 2. Do not murder. (They were complicit in abuse) 3. Do not use the lords name in vain (doing evil deeds in the name of god).
My ancestors were irish good thing they escaped
Nothing about the Catholic Church suprises me anymore! My heart cries for all these mothers & their babies.. 😔💞
This is why i left my faith.
Appreciate Sharing Many Blessings ❤
I’m heartbroken watching this
The honesty towards these cruel truths depends how we give penalty to those who committed and to avoid so called human abuse of catholic nun and father system that of our God never taught Of baby killing before the birth or after the birth that stills continue in all our the world especially these sacred world catholic mothers and baby home
How can we trust politicians and authorities? This is a horror!
Where’s all the pro-lifers now?
🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🌹🌹🌹 for the babies RIP 🙏🏻
The Irish chose their religion, to pledge loyalty to the Pope and be subservient to his Catholic priests and nuns and placing them above the law. It’s a shame innocent children had to suffer because of it.
Irish holocaust we need a museum
EVIL JUST EVIL THE CATHOLIC I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY GET AWAY WITH SUCH HORROR!!!
Crimes against humanity by the Catholic church ?
They will stand before God
Ini kenapa dari kemarin-kemarin banyak orang Malaysia yang marah?
Supposed to be people of God .More like Servers of the Devil .
One of the most degrading and disgraceful spectacles was the parading of these girls in religious festivals. Surrounded by police. It reminded me of prisoners of war being paraded, corralled like animals on show then back again to the launderette, striped and back into corse uniforms to work. ✊☘️
This is so sad, make me very angry, all the innocent babies are in Heaven with God. God will do Justice, and take Vengeance for the babies, also, for the mother’s.
Y isnt tat field been digged up and those babies buried and put to peace omg in heaven this disgusting if anything we all know catholic church keeps great records
Ireland’s should of atted pagn
I’m still waiting for a fellow Irish person to admit the Irish people also played a part in what was done to us
This is an awfully shameful article if it is TRUE. AMERICAN EVANGELICAL PLEASE READ.
I’m sorry to say this but I really feel as if I can compare these places to… Auschwitz.
Goverment should pay everyone vatican should be ou fished not bailed out
Why hasn’t this been taped off as a Crime Scene? Where are the Gardai and why aren’t they implementing the law to investigate these murders?
What is up with that inspectors report! Children are starving but in conclusion they are doing 👍!?!?
Wonder how many politicians and clergy had children there.
This is why there shall be a separation of church and state. Time for Ireland to adoptbAmerican style government with a free constitution.
I can’t go back any further than two months to watch all the videos. Does anyone have links to all after part?
Living in BC and hearing about the residential school bodies and now watching this, RC are starting to look like they operated concentration camps, all cloaked in their “righteousness”….
Hasn’t changed still the woman’s fault in the 21st century.
Here in the US we had Georgia Tann and Judge Hicks.
It’s so disgusting n disheartening…..rip to all those innocent souls……
Omg so 😡😡😡😡😡😥😪😥😪💔💔 god bless u all
Ireland is such a “beautiful” country.
sorry about your childrenbut these churches were built for tall ships im sorry im victim
My aunts got played by married dude in 70,s and grandpa did not send them away he made baby daddies pay up.
They do those baby killings to make ev*l to bully people to get what they want; see no hear no ;
These homes were in my opinion concentration camps for women and children and shame on the Nuns and other perpetrators who ran these homes.
No body no fees to pay for burial.
Why were these nuns so determine to destroy the image of the Catholic church?
This needs to be talked about more. The church, Catholic, Christian….have had bloodied hands for years…
Kamloops Canada. The Catholic Church yet again. Tragic.
I am Irish and I used to be Catholic. Shame on the Priests and Nuns for what they did to these little children. This is sick!
So what happened with the father’s of these kids? Guess they didn’t care.
The more I watch the more I get angry now nowt but a bunch of perverts the Catholic nuns and priests
Ohh Yeah, beyond that. Az.
They made the eomen work these laundries and then sold the babies big bucks
APOLOGIZE TO MALAYSIAN APOLOGIZE TO MALAYSIAN
Can you tell my story please still an abusive children’s home still operating in dun Laoghaire
@Megacristalwater I couldn’t agree more. Pure evil they we’re .in DENIAL holy Ireland .Ah they have lost their power now and good riddance to them..
Awful and heartbreaking. It matters not if 5th, 15th or 21st century. Genocide, holocaust….to many to list. All around the world. Monsters have always been here and they are here to stay. Human race will never learn…
Irish government investigation summary: “Ireland was a cold harsh environment for many, probably the majority, of its residents during the earlier half of the period under remit. It was especially cold and harsh for women. All women suffered serious discrimination. Women who gave birth outside marriage were subject to particularly harsh treatment. Responsibility for that harsh treatment rests mainly with the fathers of their children and their own immediate families. It was supported by, contributed to, and condoned by, the institutions of the State and the Churches. However, it must be acknowledged that the institutions under investigation provided a refuge – a harsh refuge in some cases – when the families provided no refuge at all”.
Now this was the catholic churches that done all these horrible things ?
The overt Christophobia is alarming in this documentary. Labelling clergy and blaming them for these policies is awful. The state and wider society was also complicit and all connected
It is not just the Church which were to blame. We are an ignorant hypocritical people. It is only a matter of time before Nursing homes in this country will have to be investigated Again. A lot of abuse and neglect still going on here. I think it applies to anywhere there are vulnerable people.
Load of women worried here about the dead babies. And most of em then wanting abortion introduced. What hypocrisy.
primitive country horrible lots of people old me who they moved there they didnt stay for long
To date thr is still no proof! This is all a big lie to discredit the church! No children wer MURDERED! CATHERINE CORLESS has been proven to be a LIAR!!
The best way for women to show respect for the women and children is not to attend the Catholic Church. You can worship god without the sinners.
I couldn’t understand as the why and the terms they used for racism… Aren’t they all Irish? Is it because these Children lost their parents and the racism contributed feeling unwanted and worthless?
As an irish woman with a sin and daughter not married I’m very very disgusted I’m not lyin wen j say way I was treated by some nurses staff at portumula hospital galway my son born in 2001 I wudnt go bck had my daughter in mullingar hospital what a difference she was born 2004
All those Bishops and those nuns should go to prison for the rest of their lives just like they make those girls suffer and those children and babies suffer of hunger until they died for the for that reason the nun and those Bishops deserve to go to prison for the rest of their lives I believe that those babies and those children disturb to be recognized and deserve to be buried with their name the plaque with their names recognized as children and babies not as something like trash that they were disposed up
The catholic church must be destroyed.
The families and society outlasted their daughters, the Church took care and couldn’t do much, then some died and the Church got to be blamed? Looks like adults in the society are refusing to take responsibility of their actions and blaming the Church.
To those who wanna keep disliking their video, make sure you guys stop the video once you guys click it. Dont give them any views.
Anyone who donates to the church is saying they’re okay with this atrocity.
Anyone who believes in al jazeera from this desert country. That guy is a downed crook who dropped your country all the way to qatar.
Incompetent news broadcast
the babies in the septic tanks in TUAM , where in fact not disposed down the sewers as people say , but where carried down the steeps into what was an open sewer, more like a small swimming pool which now has large concrete cubes running in a line connected with piping very close together and with concrete lids maybe one inch tick that can be pushed either way. this was the new sewerage system that was built for the nuns, but not short after that the home was connected to the main sewerage system, so this system was disused.. so the nuns decided that they would keep the 5 pound note the GCC gave them to bury the children and get one of the domestics (woman who had been trought the system herself and was never allowed to leave) to carry the dead child down the back feild where the sewerage system was in the middle of the night and place the child in the concrete cubes, the chidren were wrapped in swaddling and place on top of each other and then the lid closed over again till the next child died. always follow the money,,
Don’t trust. Apologize to malaysia
Report channel al Jaseera if misleading
How can the people of god do such things Disgusting, shameful,and sinful. In this case the Catholic Church was evil, nothing that Jesus would have wanted to be associated with.
Fake news from malaysia… please delete and apologize to malaysian…
AL JAHILIAH APOLOGIZE TO MALAYSIA!!!! AL JAHILIAH APOLOGIZE TO MALAYSIA!!!! AL JAHILIAH APOLOGIZE TO MALAYSIA!!!! AL JAHILIAH APOLOGIZE TO MALAYSIA!!!!
The Catholic Church is worse than the Natzi’s and they destroyed Ireland.
Also it should be mentioned that unfortunately the protestant church was involved also…Read about it at the weekend. Not sure if it was mentioned here.
As a prodestant, even i am concerned about the media and there constant attacks on Catholism. something is not right about it all?
The Catholic Church did so much “good” for Ireland.
This is Al Jazeera. They probably just want to attack Catholicism
don’t believe al Jazeera, he is a big deceiver.