Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother-and-baby home, Galway: work was praised by Prof Liam Delaney. Photograph: PA

The high number of infant deaths in mother and baby homes cannot be explained by infant mortality rates in Ireland at the time, according to an exper(...)

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (Uncat) has queried limitations in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, adding to reservations ab(...)

A Justice for Magdalenes press conference in Dublin last February: the group accuses the McAleese report of “marginalising the women’s lived experiences in these institutions”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Justice has sharply criticised a submission by the Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) advocacy group to the McAleese committee on the exte(...)

The Irish Human Rights Commission said Martin McAleese’s investigation into the institutions fell short as the remit did not allow him draw conclusions on the human rights obligations of the State.

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has repeated its 2010 call for a statutory inquiry into the Magdalene laundries.It also said comprehensive co(...)