Speaking at an International Womens’ Day reception at Aras an Uachtarain, Michael D Higgins described last week’s revelations of a mass grave at a former mother and baby home in the town as horrifying.
The President says he hopes the commission of inquiry into Mother and Baby homes will put the truth on the record.
He says he’d like to see it do so in a way that respects the memory of these children, their families, and their mothers.
His comments come as the Government is urged to expand the current investigation into 18 facilities to all such homes – following the revelations of a mass grave at Tuam.
However, Minister Simon Coveney says he’s concerned extending the terms of the current commission of inquiry will delay its findings.
Minister Coveney says he’s not sure expanding the investigation is the right way to go about looking at other allegations.