The Archbishop of Dublin has spoken out very forthrightly on the matter and the need for a full investigation. ...
The verdict is in so far as the number of deaths. Ms Corless received 796 death records from the County's death registers. If one presumes that those date from 1932 (the year in which death records were mandated) until 1961, when the home closed, that's an average of 26 deaths a year, a pretty high mortality rate for a facility with an rated capacity of about 250 persons.
Even if the records date back to 1925, when the religious order opened the facility, you'd still be looking at an average of 22-23 deaths per year.
My previous question regarded the label "scandal" being used broadly with the presented fact of "registered deaths." And registered deaths does not necessarily mean number of burials. There may still be some scandal coming but it appears there was no coverup about the deaths.
There has to be an independent inquiry because the church does not need another boondoggle like the hierarchy's handling of the pedophilia issue, and the dead deserve that the truth be established.
As to the numbers, assuming only 250 births per year, the infant mortality for this, presumably high risk situation, is 10.6% or, using the standard reporting method, 111 deaths per 1000 live births at that place. The numbers rightfully shock us but consider that current
values for the country with the highest value in the world, Sierra Leone, is 119.20/1000. link
And then there are the times and conditions -- midwives not MDs, wars, lower living and sanitary standards, etc. -- from which we are likely insulated. Consider this assessment for example:
Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland in the Twentieth Century
The efforts of the Board, especially from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, and the contemporaneous public health policies of the Department of Local Government and Public Health, created a reliable, professional corps of midwives, essential at a time of increasing recognition of the need to further the health of mothers and children. Nevertheless, by modern standards the toll of infant and maternal mortality remained disappointingly high throughout the period. At the end of the 1920’s the Department reported that” the problem of ensuring safety in childbirth remains unsolved”. For every one thousand births, five mothers were dying in childbirth. A particularly sad social reflection of the times was that almost one-third of all so-called illegitimate children died in infancy. The high toll of infant death continued. During the mid-1930’s the infant death rate was 65 per 1000 births but it was as high as 126 in Limerick City and 110 in Wexford Town.
I'm also concerned that the Sisters of Bon Secours -- as they see themselves: "Since 1824 the Sisters of Bon Secours have brought compassion, healing, and liberation to those they serve." link
] -- be given a fair hearing and that there not be judgement until all the facts are in. And facts are often presented poorly. That there are 795 recorded deaths, not all may be burials at the site, and the number of recorded deaths for each year, for instance, would put the presumably scandalous number in some historical perspective.
Here is the present wiki link
] on the issue. We all await the fully and hopefully true story.