The Government is seeking applications for a Director to oversee the exhumation and analysis of infant remains at the site of the former mother-and-baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway.

The selection of a 'Director of Authorised Intervention' is a key element in the effort to try and identify remains that were placed in underground chambers at the home between 1925 and 1961.

Research by local historian Catherine Corless found that there were no burial records for 796 children who died in the facility during that 36 year period.

Subsequent investigations determined that there were infant remains in 18 chambers on the site. Initial surveys have identified a range of bones from babies and children, up to the age of around six years.

The successful candidate will be charged with managing the excavation process and providing regular updates to survivors and the public.

The role is provided for as part of the Institutional Burials Act, which was passed last summer. The legislation allows for the forensic excavation, recovery and analysis of human remains, which were buried in a "manifestly inappropriate manner".

Funding of almost €7 million has been set aside to cover the cost of works at the site in Tuam in 2023.

The process will take place on a phased basis, starting with excavation, followed by recovery of remains and then DNA matching.

Where possible, infant remains will be returned to family members or buried in line with their wishes.

The director will also be responsible for determining the most appropriate manner for re-interring those that cannot be identified.