Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) conducted an unannounced inspection at the HSE-run St Peter’s Services in Castlepollard, Co Westmeath last December following concerns over the safety and welfare of residents. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A HSE-run care unit for people with disabilities was told to cease admissions and transfer residents that it was unable to care for following a highly(...)

Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, which was operated as a mother and baby home by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. Between April 1946 and the end of March 1947 over 1,000 children were born to unmarried mothers in county homes, county hospitals and the two State-supported mother and baby homes,  records show.

More than 150 “illegitimate” children under the age of one died in county homes and county hospitals in a one-year period in the 1940s official record(...)

Helen Baker, Gloucestershire, seen last night outside the Irish Embassy in London during a silent vigil to demand a public investigation into Ireland’s mother and baby homes. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

The Irish authorities must help the families of children who were sent to the United States for adoption to trace them, the daughter of one woman held(...)

 Dr Irene Hillary pictured  in 1981. She said she was concerned that  an inquiry into the vaccination trials, under the aegis of a commission set up to inquire into child abuse, would have implications for her professional reputation. Photograph: Kevin McMahon/The Irish Times

A member of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse has said that a significant amount of work had been done and documentation collated when its v(...)

I picked my first ripe strawberry from the garden late last week; scarlet-red and succulent, its sweet flesh smelled of summer and tasted something li(...)