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Ciaran Tierney has set up his own business after working as a staff journalist for the Connacht Tribune for over 22 years. Based in Galway, he specialises in online journalism, content writing, and offering social media expertise to clients. He won the Irish Current Affairs and Politics Blogger of the Year award in Dublin last October.
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The four people I spoke to in Tuam last Saturday who have family members among the 796 feel entitled to call them their “loved ones” even though they never met their missing brothers and sisters.
People like Peter Mulryan and Anna Corrigan cannot rest until they find out what happened to their sister and brothers.
Yes, they were taken from their mothers, and they did not receive any support from their families at the time. But they are entitled to the truth now.
In four years of writing about this issue, I have never heard Catherine or the families claim there are 796 children buried in a septic tank.
What they do claim the right to, though, is to find out what happened to their missing siblings. If there are only 200 or 300 or 400 of them buried in Tuam, don’t they have a right to know what happened to the remainder? Don’t they have to find out if they possibly have brothers and sisters alive in the USA or Canada?
The response of the Irish authorities, the Bon Secours, and a certain PR firm to these quiet-spoken people has been appalling. That’s why they are determined to keep this issue in the news, until they establish exactly what happened in Tuam.
Imagine the shock Peter got to be told he had a sister, ten years younger, after his mother died. Imagine the shock Anna got to be told she had two older brothers after her mother passed away.
It’s appalling to dismiss their genuine hurt, concern, and sense of injustice.