The publication yesterday of the contents of a letter by Minister Katherine Zappone, which she handed to the Pope at the weekend was a publicity stunt, according to a statement today from Tuam Home Survivors Network.

Kevin Hegarty of the Network told Midwest News today that the most senior member of the government involved in the Tuam case for over two years, went running to the Pope on Saturday with a letter asking him to sort out the Tuam situation for this country.

Minister  Zappone said she told the pontiff that she hopes the Catholic Church will make reparation to the women and babies who lived in the Co Galway home, where the remains of 796 infants were buried in a septic tank.

Mr Hegarty says that Minister Zappone wrote in a preamble to the letter that she handed Pope Francis : I am the Minister responsible for the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

He describes that as “an absurd statement”. Describing Minister Zappone instead as “merely the Minister to which the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is to report. In a different country, such a Commission would be reporting to a Justice Minister”.

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