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Irish PM apologises for abuses at homes

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has offered a formal apology in parliament for the treatment of unmarried mothers and their babies in a network of Catholic Church-run homes from the 1920s to the 1990s.

A government-commissioned report published on Tuesday found an “appalling” mortality rate of about 15 per cent among children born at the homes, reflecting brutal living conditions.

About 9000 children died in all.

“On behalf of the government, the state and its citizens, I apologise for the profound generational wrong visited upon Irish mothers and their children who ended up in a Mother and Baby Home or a County Home,” Martin told parliament.

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