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An unknown number of vaccine trials took place in Mother and Baby Homes.  The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (CICA) originally included the vaccine trials in its investigations; however in 2004 these investigations came to an end due to Judicial Review proceedings.  It is unacceptable that children who were treated as guinea pigs are left without justice and without answers.  

Disturbingly, it has emerged that the adoption files sent from the Sacred Heart Adoption Society to the HSE in Cork did not include records pertaining to the vaccine trials.  Bizarrely, in a crude attempt to sanitise the non-consensual participation of adopted people in illegal drug trials, the HSE referred to the files as “immunisation records”.  Adopted people who were given vaccines in these trials did not receive the drugs for the purpose of 'immunisation' - these were experiments carried out on defenceless infants.

Questions must be asked as to why the Sacred Heart Adoption Society did not supply the HSE with the files relating to vaccine trials at the Sacred Heart Mother and Baby Homes.  Did Sacred Heart refuse to hand them over or did the HSE refuse to take them?

It is absolutely imperative that the government reinstate the inquiry into the vaccine trials.   Children were used as guinea pigs without their mothers' consent and it is simply unacceptable for the Irish state to ignore this abuse of its vulnerable citizens.  If such vaccine trials had taken place in China, the Irish government would clamber to be the first to issue condemnation.  We now expect the current government to apply the same moral outrage to actions in which Ireland has been complicit.

“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting loneliness." 

Alex Haley, Author of Roots 



 

 

 

 

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