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The Mother and Baby Home Commission Report begins with a note on acceptable and unacceptable language, which deals with a few key terms e.g. 'illegitimate'. But later on there are really bracing passages where they could do more to disrupt cruel institutional language e.g.
"private patients routinely discharged themselves from Bessborough, leaving children in the institution unaccompanied, in most cases awaiting informal adoption". I mean...really? Really.
Similarly "There is no information available about the involvement of
mothers in the burial arrangements. In theory at least, the mothers were legally responsible for the burial of deceased infants but it seems unlikely that they had much involvement..."
The essential context here is that these women were subjects of enormous and unfathomable human rights violations.
There's also a weird reference to cillíní on p. 4. What is the point? To suggest irregular burials of infant remains were common? Burials in cillíní were not an aspect of systemic human rights abuse. They were often a traditional response to exclusionary church teaching.
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