Christine Buckley giving her response to the publication of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in 2009. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons 1:07

Christine Buckley, who died on March 11th last, came from obscure origins.She was, in the harsh language of the day, illegitimate, half caste and aban(...)

The Sacred Heart Home opened in Bessborough, Co Cork, in 1922, managed by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.  Cormac O’Tuama,  looks at teddies and flowers placed outside the gates of Bessborough during a memorial service on Sunday. Photograph: Provision

Until recent decades, the landscape was dotted with institutions where unmarried women were consigned to give birth in conditions of shame, secrecy an(...)

Pauline Hutton, Emma O’Kane, Eleanor Methven, Bernadette Brown and Amy Molloy, the cast of Prime Cut’s Chilean Trilogy

In a country emerging from years of conflict and political unrest, a fledgling peace and reconciliation process has started asking awkward question(...)

Anakana Schofield: Every book I read seems to change the way I think about fiction. Sometimes they drive me to despair by indicating how much more we need to demand from our fiction and other times they send me into orbit with the possibilities they reveal

Anakana Schofield is the author of the award-winng debut novel, Malarky, which is out now in paperback, a funny and moving tale of sexual shenaniga(...)

 Christine Buckley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again . . .” You’ve been on my mind for four weeks now, like “a vision softly(...)

One of the most significant documentaries ever broadcast on Irish television, Louis Lentin’s Dear Daughter (...)

If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

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Those who insist that history is about movements not individuals might reflect on the achievements of Christine Buckley. Her story is hi(...)

 Christine Buckley at Government Buildings for talks between religous orders and the Government in 2009. Photograph: Collins 2:19

Christine Buckley (67), who was one of the first people to speak out publicly about the abuse of children in institutions in Ireland, died at St Vi(...)

Margaret McGuckian (left) and Katie Walmsley

Katie’s mother left her family when she was eight years old. Her father moved the family to his hometown, Derry, where a local priest suggested(...)