Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton at the launch of the Philomena Project in Dublin last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Philomena Lee, whose devotion to finding her adopted son inspired a Hollywood film, said she would welcome the Government’s proposed Adoption Bill pr(...)

Patrick Anderson McQuaid, Derek Leinster and Noleen Belton, members of the Bethany Survivors Group, at the burial site of children from the Bethany Home in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation would like to hear from anyone who was resident in, or who worked, in any of the 14 homes it is(...)

Gradually and for a variety of reasons, the memory of Mary Magdalene changed in the Western church – Actors Pascal Lacey playing the part of Jesus Christ, Margaret Walshas Mary, Eva Mulhare as Mary Magdalene ,and William Byrne, as John the Apostle during the Ballylinan Passion Play on stage at St. Annes Community Hall Ballylinan in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a recent letter to The IrishTimes on the subject of mother-and-baby homes, Dr Mary Mullaney wrote: “I visited the chapel [of Seán Ross Abbey] where(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Philomena Lee, with her son Kevin and daughter Jayne, and Mary Lawlor (right) from Adoption Rights Alliance and The Philomena Project. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

For years Philomena Lee came alone or just with her daughter Jayne to visit her son’s grave in Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Yesterday, sh(...)

Philomena Lee  and Senator Claire McCaskill  meet to discuss the  new adoption initiative.

US senator Claire McCaskill has added her support to a campaign to help Irish mothers reunite with US children separated by forced adoption, describin(...)

Philomena Lee at the launch of the Philomena Project. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Even now, despite being incarcerated in a family-and-baby home, having her son taken off her and then being lied to about him for the rest of her life(...)

Philomena Lee at the launch of The Philomena Project, a campaign backed by the Adoption Rights Alliance to get the State to grant access to more than 60,000 adoption records for both in-country and Irish-US adopted people and their families, at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Philomena Lee, whose life story was made into an Oscar-nominated film, has called on the Government to release the records of 60,000 adopted children (...)

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in a scene from the film Philomena.

Sorcha PollakThe Irish Government has been called on to release over 60,000 secret adoption files to assist adult children, now living abroad, in trac(...)