The Workers’Party has called on the government to immediately take over the burial groundsof the former Bessboro Mother & Baby home in Blackrock on the Southside ofCork city.
Workers’Party Cork Councillor Ted Tynan said that following the partial demolition ofthe old building known as Bessboro folly over last weekend on the instructionsof the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary the order had lost thetrust of the general public and he called for the gardaí to take over that partof the site and treat it as a crime scene in relation to the hundreds ofchildren said to be buried at the site.
Cllr. Tynandescribed the demolition of Bessboro Folly as outrageous and the party iswriting to Department of the Environment and An Taisce about the matter.
He said: “thedemolition of this old, if not historic building, was an act of gross vandalismon the part of the Sisters and raises very serious questions regarding theirattitude to the ongoing investigation into the site. It is essential that this site be secured andno further interference or works of any type be carried out there without the expressapproval of the appropriate authorities including the gardaí”.
MeanwhileCatherine Coffey, Workers’ Party activist and survivor of a Mother & Babyhome, said she and other survivors were very angry about what was done inBessboro last weekend. She said: “This outrageous act has grievously hurt thesurvivors and their families. It could not have been done other than as a coldand calculated affront to all the survivors, whether of Bessboro, or any othersuch institution.”
Catherine Coffeysaid: “The actions of the Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary have beendevious and appalling. They alreadytried to silence Cllr. Ted Tynan with a threat of legal action which he hasrefused to surrender to. They must nowbe told in no uncertain terms that they cannot in any way interfere with thissite which is nothing less than a crime scene”