By Anthony Sheridan
This short letter in the Irish Times, signed by 97 writers and artists, is the most powerful comment I have so far witnessed in response to the horror of Tuam.
Minister Katherine Zappone, the woman who will make the final decision on what is to be done, should have this letter enlarged, framed and placed on her desk to remind her that there is just one decision that leads to justice.
Any other decision will lead to cover-up and more suffering for those involved.
Tuam – time to uncover the truth
We the undersigned writers and artists appeal to the Government to use the full force of its purse and power to undertake a complete excavation, identification where possible, and dignified reburial of the victims of Tuam. We further appeal for the Government to undertake an active and authentic attempt to identify the many missing individuals who will have been illegally adopted at home and abroad.
In light of significant, possibly criminal, failings at Tuam – of which the lack of burial records for 796 infants and children, the missing bodies of women, the verified existence of “significant quantities” of human remains, and the ongoing testimony of survivors are ample evidence – mere memorialisation is inadequate. Systematic exhumation is necessary to uncover the truth. The Government must use any and all resources (including, as necessary, resources of the Bon Secours Order) to complete a full excavation and identification of all remains on the site as has been consistently requested by Catherine Corless, survivors, and family members of those who lived in the Home. – Yours, etc,
DR AILBHE DARCY,
DR DYLAN BRENNAN,
DYLAN COBURN GRAY,
SARAH MARIA GRIFFIN,
RITA ANN HIGGINS,
AIFRIC MAC AODHA,
UNA NI CHEALLAIGH,
NUALA NI CHONCHUIR,
DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA,
Dr ROBYN ROWLAND AO,
KELLY E. SULLIVAN,