Philomena Lee: her success in highlihting the wrongs done to women and babies in Ireland subjected to forced adoptions is helping to inspire campaigners in Canada to bring similar abuses there to light. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Jennifer Hough, in TorontoWhen Valerie Andrews heard an interview last year on the CBC, Canada’s state broadcaster, with Irish adoption campaigner Phi(...)

Philomena Lee says Senator Averil Power’s  Bill would other women who were separated from their sons and daughters by adoption. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government will not oppose a new adoption Bill which seeks to give adoptees a right to their birth certificates, listing their original names and(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton photographed in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Philomena Lee, whose search for her son brought world-wide attention and an Oscar-nominated film, has thrown her support behind a new bill which provi(...)

Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

What do a disappearing wife, the driver theory test and a lot of wimpy kids have in common? They are among the subjects covered by Ireland’s most b(...)

 Patricia Carey, chief executive of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The top job at the Adoption Authority of Ireland has a turnover rate more associated with football managers. But Patricia Carey, its fourth chief exec(...)

Surprise surprise: Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

Back in the heyday of light entertainment, Cilla Black was huge, a proper television personality whose shows Surprise Surprise and Blind Date were rat(...)

Philomena Lee’s courage to speak out about her experiences when she was forced to give up her son for adoption will help many women still in a similar dilemma, says social worker.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Philomena Lee’s courage in speaking out about her experiences when she was forced to give up her son for adoption can serve as an example to many Iris(...)

Philomena Lee: her search for her adopted son prompted the film. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film Philomena is among the speakers who will address a conference on adoption at University College Cork (...)

Join me in the pines

When peak festival season rolls around, the session intensity winds up, but voyaging between partying ports becomes more languid (with the added bonus(...)

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, which was a home from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eighteen years ago, on May 11th, 1996, Padraig O’Morain wrote in this newspaper about a woman he called Eileen, whose baby was taken from her in a mot(...)