The central theme of “Three Billboards…” is outrage and what to do with it. Today, I heard an ad on the radio by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation set up by the Irish Government asking people to come forward and report to it what they know about those home that operated, apparently, up to 1998.
Could you imagine, for a moment, what would happen if someone found the corpse of a baby buried in my back garden?
Well, in Tuam, Co. Galway, the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home was a maternity home for unmarried mothers and their babies. Here are some details:
In 2012, the Health Service Executive raised concerns that up to 1,000 children had been sent from the Home for illegal adoptions in the United States, without their mothers’ consent. In 2014, a local amateur historian, Catherine Corless, published an article documenting the deaths of 796 babies and toddlers at the Home during its decades of operation. Excavations carried out between November 2016 and February 2017 that had been ordered by the Commission of Investigation found a “significant” quantity of human remains, aged from 35 foetal weeks to two to three years, interred in “a vault with twenty chambers”. A later report by an Expert Technical Group, commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, confirmed that the vault was a sewage tank.
And the government agency investigating this – *not* the police – is looking for witnesses in a radio ad.
We need billboards, many more than just three, asking why the police is not investigating these horrific crimes, bringing to justice those who know about these crimes but conceal the truth.
Pádraig had a good, quiet day today. Some exercises. A short walk around the block. Some good food, smoothies, and other drinks. No medication. No PRG-food or liquids. No food supplements. I have to remind myself from time to time how amazing this is. Two days ago the community dietitian paid her 6-monthly visit to him. One of the things she does is to weigh him. Always a tense moment for everyone.
Because there was this fear that, apart from threatening aspiration, pneumonia and death highlighted by some therapists in the past, that he might be loosing weight not receiving any PEG food or food supplements. On this occasion it turned out that Pádraig had gained 4 kilos. No-one could believe it. 4 kilos! Incredible!
Katherine Turley said:
Hi, my name is Katherine. I am a friend of Padraig from Trinity. I studied history with him. Every so often I check out your blog to see how Padraig is doing. My friend Dermot and I spent a few hours with Padraig, in the Pav pub in college, a few nights before he went to America. I’m really glad you write this blog as it’s nice to check in every so often to see how he is improving. Tell him I said hello 🙂
All the best
Will do, Katherine! And thank you so much for staying with Pádraig!