One of the most shocking aspects that was reported when the Tuam babies burial story broke a few years ago, was that the bodies of babies were disposed in a septic tank. This was the headline that went around the world and became a global embarrassment and scandal. Who were these cruel people who showed such callous disregard for dead children as to bury them in a septic tank? The conclusion was quickly reached, not with historical research but with much emotion, that it was the cruel nuns and cruel Church.
Historian Brian Nugent has written a book that uncovers evidence that these babies were interred in coffins and were not thrown in a septic tank as had been widely held.