“…The country’s ten care homes were said to have participated in the trials, which took place between 1960 and 1976, and involved 298 children. In one of the trials, 80 children became ill after they were accidentally administered a vaccine intended for cattle.
“…GlaxoSmithKline, which took over the drug firm that ran the trials, Burroughs Welcome, said the activities, if true, were “very distressing” and that it would cooperate with any investigation. There were no laws on medical testing in Ireland until 1987….”
In June 2001 an inquiry was ordered into trials on 58 children in 1960 and 1961, at six homes – including Bessborough. Results of those trials were published in the British Medical Journal in 1962. But that inquiry was halted when Professor Patrick Meenan, one of six authors of the study and then aged 86, said he should not have to appear on grounds of his age and ill health. A subsequent inquiry was blocked by Irene Hillary, a former professor of microbiology, in 2004…”