Mother and Baby Homes Commission seeks extension of time to finish report

A commission of investigation, which is examining two institution in Donegal, is seeking an extension to finish its final report.

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation is requesting an extra year before publishing its final report, which was due next month.

This commission was set up following revelations in 2014 by local historian Catherine Corless about the deaths of almost 800 children at the Tuam mother-and-baby home in Co Galway.

Its remit was extended to examine the records of and practices at an additional 13 such homes as well as four county homes.

The institutions in Donegal being examined include the The Castle in Newtowncunningham and the Stranorlar County Home.

Mother-and-baby homes were generally institutions run by nuns where women who became pregnant outside marriage gave birth.

According to the The Irish Times it is believed the request for an extension for the report is due to the result of the workload involved in examining such institutions over the period from 1922 to 1998.

The request has gone to the Government and is expected to be discussed by the Cabinet next week.