Consultation being held on future of Tuam site

Updated / Thursday, 8 Mar 2018 14:07

The council has been asked to complete the process by the end of the month, when its report will be considered by Government.

Former residents of the mother and baby home in Tuam will outline their views on the manner in which Galway County Council should deal with the discovery of remains on the site at a consultation event this afternoon.

Relatives of those who lived in the home have also been invited to the meeting in Tuam.

It is being organised by the council as part of a process to get views on a number of possible options for the future of the site.

These include the full excavation of the area around the burial ground where "significant quantities" of human remains were found last year.

The local authority says the process is aimed at ensuring all parties have a chance to outline their views.

It has rejected suggestions that the final decision will be arrived at by means of a vote.

Instead, the Council says the Inter-departmental group that is considering the options, will be fully appraised of the views of former residents, their relatives, locals and members of the public.

After a consultation event in Dublin earlier this week, meetings are being held over the next two days in Tuam.

The council has been asked to complete the process by the end of the month, when its report will be considered by Government.

There are mixed views locally on how best to progress.

Some believe the site should be left as it is, with a memorial erected to honour those who lived and died in the Mother and Baby Home.

Others want further analysis of the already discovered remains, while some favour a wider excavation around the site in question.