Hallelujah: the singing Co Meath priest Fr Ray Kelly, in the video that went viral

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Ms Justice Yvonne Murphy: to chair   mother-and-baby home commission of inquiry

MEPs will be lobbied tomorrow in Brussels by groups seeking support for a broader remit in terms of reference for the mother-and-baby home commission(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan yesterday briefed the Cabinet on the interim report of a cross-departmental review committee. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes will look at how the system operated from the foundation of the State until the 1980s. (...)

‘The home in Tuam closed before I was born.’ Above, people leave candles and mementoes during a march and vigil last week  in memory of the Tuam babies. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Even though I am currently in Indianapolis on sabbatical, even at a distance of 4,000 miles it’s impossible not to feel people’s shock at reports of w(...)

A shrine set up at the site of what is believed to be the location of a mass grave of up to 800 children in the grounds of the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, Co Galwy. Photograph: EPA

A statutory commission of investigation is to be set up by the Government into issues in religious-run mother and baby homes across the State. The dec(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan ordered the preliminary exercise following disclosures that almost 800 infants and young children had died in the Bon Secours home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan will today brief his Cabinet colleagues on progress in a scoping examination of high mortality rates, burial(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has backed calls for the establishment of an inquiry into deaths at  mother and baby homes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has backed calls for the establishment of an independent inquiry into mother and baby homes, saying it was impo(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said it was very important that any investigation should be separated from the church and State

Child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott has welcomed a suggestion that he be part of any investigation which may be set up by the State into mother a(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said  the purpose of conducting any criminal investigation was to convict suspects in cases where evidence of crimes was established. However, the commencement of such investigations in the case of the Tuam mother and baby home was a decision for the Garda.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has sought a report from the Garda on all of the information available to the force about the burial of childr(...)

 Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, said that “as disturbing as the ‘Tuam babies’ case is, it must not be viewed in isolation.”   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Amnesty Internationl has called for an “urgent investigation” by the Government into “past child abuse in state-run and sponsored institutions” in Ire(...)