04/08/2017 - Expert Technical Group continues its work in relation to the Tuam site

The Expert Technical Group established by Minister Katherine Zappone is making progress in its work. An extensive geophysical survey was undertaken on site at Tuam in July. This consisted of data
collection through a variety of non invasive techniques, over the course of 5 days.

The team would like to thank local residents and the Gardaí at Tuam for their support and cooperation while this work was carried out. The results of the survey will be processed over the coming weeks and the information generated will be used to inform the exploration of options for the site. 

Scientific issues relating to DNA analysis, and related issues of extraction and preservation of DNA, are among the key issues being considered by the Group. Government agencies continue to facilitate the Expert Technical Group.

In July, the Group liaised with the Coroner for North Galway, An Garda Síochána, the National Monuments Services and Forensic Science Ireland. Internationally, advice has been sought and received from the International Committee for the Red Cross and other agencies have been consulted for specialist individual advice.

Monthly Update - August 2017.