The state inquiry into mother and baby homes has confirmed ‘significant quantities’ of human remains were discovered at a site in Tuam, Co Galway.
The remains were found in what is understood to be a septic tank at the former Bon Secours home.
It says a sample of the remains show they were aged between 35 foetal weeks, and 2-3 years.
A public helpline has been set up for anyone who may be affected, and can be reached at 01 6473118.
Children’s minister Katherine Zappone says the news is sad and disturbing, but not unexpected.