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The Sisters of Bon Secours, which ran St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, says its willing to participate in a redress scheme for survivors.

In a statement, the order has apologised for its part in the scandal and says that it did not live up to its Christianity when running the home.

It also acknowledges that infants and children who died at the Home were buried in a disrespectful and unacceptable way.

The Taoiseach will make a formal state apology to Mother and Baby Home survivors in the Dáil later.