TV3’s ‘A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal’ will reveal the true scale of the scandal, which saw tens of thousands of women incarcerated against their will and exceptionally high rates of infant mortality.

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TV3 to broadcast shocking documentary into Ireland?s Mother and Baby Scandal

7th Mar 17 | Entertainment News

TV3’s ‘A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal’ will reveal the true scale of the scandal, which saw tens of thousands of women incarcerated against their will and exceptionally high rates of infant mortality.

The shocking story of cruelty, abuse and neglect in mother and baby homes is laid bare in a documentary to be broadcast on TV3 tomorrow night,  Wednesday 08th March at 11pm. 

‘A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal’, which was originally broadcasted in 2014, reveals how tens of thousands of unmarried mothers were incarcerated in institutions so their families could be spared the shame of babies born out of wedlock.

TV3’s ‘A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal’ hears first-hand accounts from people who lived in the homes and their relatives. One woman describes how her child died and was buried without her knowledge while several others describe their long, heartbreaking search for parents and siblings.

Following the shocking discovery of a mass grave in Tuam containing the bodies of up to 800 babies, there is growing evidence that an unusually high number of babies died in the homes and that many were secretly buried in unmarked mass graves. With Tuam appearing to be just the tip of the iceberg, TV3 questions if there are more disturbing revelations to come.

The programme also details what amounts to an adoption industry, where healthy babies and infants were sold to couples abroad, particularly the US.

Perhaps most shocking of all is the fact that some babies were used in medical trials. One man, Philip Delaney, describes how he was part of a vaccine trial at Bessborough House in Cork which has never been officially acknowledged.

Campaigners, historians, experts and commentators including; Historian, Catherine Corless; author of Banished Babies, Mike Milotte; Colm O’Gorman from Amnesty International, Susan Lohan from Adoption Rights Alliance and an expert on social history from UCD, Lindsey Earner Byrne, will assess what it means for our past, present and future, to complete the story of one of this country’s darkest chapters.  

‘A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal’ will ask the questions that need to be answered: Why did so many of these children die so young and why were they treated so callously by the very people who were supposed to care for them?

A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal airs tomorrow, Wednesday 9th March at 11pm on TV3 and 3player.

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