More than two-thirds of babies died in Cork mother and baby home

Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork.

A new report out today reveals the extent of infant death rates at one of Ireland's infamous mother and baby homes.

The Irish Examiner claims that 68% of all children at the Bessborough home in Cork city died in the year 1943.

The Government is expected to sign off on the terms of reference for an inquiry into the historical institutions this autumn.

The homes have become the focus of intense scrutiny since the recent discovery of a mass grave in Galway, where it is thought hundreds of bodies may be buried.

Examiner journalist Conall Ó Fátharta used the Cork County Archive to unearth the latest development in the story.

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