In a major speech to a nervous American nation in 1860, Abraham Lincoln explained that it would be foolish to “follow implicitly in whatever” had b(...)

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(...)

 Trinity College Dublin: There were 270 applications for the 25 places in history, law, and ancient and medieval history and culture. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill  Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 25 students who did not get enough points for three Trinity College Dublin courses are being offered places under a pilot entry scheme.The schem(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: said much would depend on the terms of reference presented to the Dáil in the autumn

The appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy as chairwoman of the forthcoming commission of inquiry into mother-and-baby homes has been questioned in the D(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly said funds would be made available to Judge Yvonne Murphy to conduct the inquiry into mother and baby homes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Children James Reilly has said the Government is “determined” exchequer money should be prioritised towards services for people, rather (...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy: UCD awarded her an honorary degree of doctor of laws last December, citing several of her achievements including being called to both the English and Northern Irish Bar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Judge Yvonne Murphy’s appointment as chairwoman of the commission of investigation into matters related to mother and baby homes is her latest such ro(...)

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Co Galway historian who researched the deaths of almost 800 infants and children in the Bon Secours home in Tuam from the 1920s to 1961 has welco(...)

Part of a  protest last month following the revelations about the Tuam mother-and-baby home and deaths babies in other  State-run institutions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has appointed Judge Yvonne Murphy to chair the Commission of Investigation into mother-and-baby homes. However, speaking this afternoon(...)

Survivors of Symphysiotomy director Marie O’Connor: “The scheme is to be run by unaccountable, faceless bureaucrats, bean-counters whose priority is cost-cutting.” Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the groups representing women who underwent symphysiotomies has rejected the ex-gratia redress scheme announced by the Government last week, w(...)

Marie O’Connor, chair of  SOS, (Survivors of Symphysiotomy), at  Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Women who had a symphysiotomy during childbirth will qualify for compensation payments of up to €150,000 under an ex-gratia redress scheme announced (...)