Urgent action is needed Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains

first_img Part of the judge’s letter to Zappone Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsTHE NEWS THAT a significant number of human remains were discovered at the site of a former mother and baby home in Co Galway shocked people in Ireland and beyond when it emerged last month.On 3 March, the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes said the remains were discovered in a structure that appeared to be “related to the treatment/containment of sewerage and/or wastewater” at the former site of a Bon Secours property in Tuam.At the time, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said the “sad and disturbing news” confirmed rumours about the possibility of a mass grave at the site. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone Source: orla“Today is about remembering and respecting the dignity of the children who lived their short lives in this Home. We will honour their memory and make sure that we take the right actions now to treat their remains appropriately,” she added.TheJournal.ie has, under the Freedom of Information Act, obtained the correspondence between the commission and Zappone in the days before the news was made public.‘The decisions need to be made urgently’On 1 March, two days before the official announcement, commission chair Judge Yvonne Murphy wrote to the minister about the shocking discovery.“The Commission members are shocked by what has been discovered and recognise that there are many family members and local residents who will also be very shocked.The site has now been made secure but has not been restored to its previous condition as the Commission considers that decisions need to be made by the relevant State authorities about the future of the site. The decisions need to be made urgently.“The Commission is not in a position to submit an interim report to you on the issues involved as it would be required to consult with a range of parties and the urgent decisions required cannot await the completion of this process.” 38 Comments Apr 10th 2017, 6:10 AM ‘Urgent action is needed’: Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke. A section of Judge Murphy’s letter Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsThe letter notes that the remains “involved a number of individuals with age-at-death ranges from approximately 35 foetal weeks to 2-3 years”.The letter continues: “As already stated, the Commission is shocked by this discovery and is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way. Meanwhile, the Commission is asking that the relevant state authorities take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remains. The Coroner has been informed.The Commission is acutely aware of the concerns of the family members and local residents and considers that they ought to be informed of these developments without delay.Catherine Corless The mother and baby home at the site operated from 1925 to 1961.In October 2015, the commission conducted a geophysical survey of the site which identified a particular area of interest “worthy of further investigation”.A test excavation of this area was carried out in November and December 2016, and in January and February 2017. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThe excavations at the site were as a result of long-running research carried out by local amateur historian Catherine Corless, who obtained death certificates for each child who died there. Zappone’s response Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsIn her response to Judge Murphy, Zappone thanked the commission for its work.The minister wrote: “I think that the Commission has done useful work in confirming what were previously unsubstantiated claims about human remains and, importantly, in tracing them by way of carbon dating to the period during which the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam was in operation.I understand that your work in this area will continue, including the question of whether the burials in Tuam were in accordance with the laws and practices of the time, as issue on which I note that you have made no finding to date.“I also understand that you will continue your wider work including the investigation of post-mortem practices and procedures, burial arrangements and related matters under your terms of reference.”Read: She was right: How Catherine Corless uncovered what happened in TuamRead: Catherine Corless says more human remains are likely to be buried under Tuam playgroundColumn: ‘After hours of questioning by “experts”, Theresa was left traumatised and had to make her own way home’ http://jrnl.ie/3326484 Short URLcenter_img 21,289 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Share42 Tweet Email18 Monday 10 Apr 2017, 6:10 AMlast_img read more

Allergie chez une fillette les vêtements mis hors de cause par lenquête

first_imgAllergie chez une fillette : les vêtements mis hors de cause par l’enquêteIl y a un mois, une fillette avait été admise aux urgences suite à une importante réaction cutanée. Selon le père de l’enfant, ses habits, prétendument d’origine chinoise était à l’origine de cette réaction allergique. L’enquête révèle qu’il n’en est rien, elle privilégie la thèse de l’allergie alimentaire.Début novembre, une fillette de quatre ans présentant une importante réaction cutanée s’était rendue aux urgences dans l’Orne. Au cours de son hospitalisation, des médecins avaient alors indiqué que l’enfant pouvait avoir fait une allergie à un vêtement contenant du diméthylfumarate (DMF ou DMFu) interdit en Europe depuis 2008. Quelques jours plus tôt, la fillette s’était en effet vu offrir une jupe et un t-shirt qu’elle avait essayés peu avant que la réaction n’apparaisse.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Une fois la petite rétablie, ses parents s’étaient décidé à en parler au journal le Réveil normand avant que l’affaire ne se répande dans les autres médias. Ceux-ci avaient alors expliqué qu’il s’agissait de vêtements fabriqués en Chine d’où la présence potentielle de DMF. Mais il n’en serait rien selon l’enquête menée par la Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF). Elle indique que la jupe et le t-shirt étaient fabriqués en France (à partir de tissu chinois) et qu’il ne contenait pas de DMF.”Il n’y avait pas de DMFu [et] aucun colorant mis en cause”, a annoncé mardi le ministre délégué à la Consommation, Benoît Hamon. “On a juste trouvé des traces de phénol dans la doublure de la jupe et le T-shirt mais qui n’ont pas de propriété suffisamment sensibilisantes pour être responsables de la réaction épidermique” a t-il précisé avant d’ajouter : “l’enquête s’oriente sur une allergie alimentaire”. Le ministre Benoit Hamon, qui avait déjà refusé de communiquer le nom du magasin d’où provenait les vêtements, a en outre mis en garde contre les effets de panique. “La mobilisation sur un cas peut avoir une conséquence terrible pour une enseigne qui distribue et des entreprises peuvent mettre la clé sous la porte parce que l’on a attribué la responsabilité à une robe d’avoir défiguré une jeune fille”, a-t-il insisté après avoir reconnu que l’inquiétude du père de famille était légitime. Après l’annonce de l’affaire, les médias avaient indiqué que les vêtements similaires avaient été retirés du magasin où ils avaient été achetés sans toutefois mentionner lequel. Le 5 décembre 2012 à 16:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more