Philomena Lee has said she hopes that telling her story of how she was forced to give up her son for adoption at a mother and baby home in the 1950s will help other women of her generation in a similar situation to tell their stories and trace their children. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Philomena Lee has said she hopes that telling her story of how she was forced to give up her son for adoption at a mother and baby home in the 1950s w(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

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 Charlie Flanagan said the matter of vaccine trials on children in the homes may be included in the investigation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The commission of inquiry into mother and baby homes will be fully operational by the end of next month and probably chaired by a non-legal figure, M(...)

 Brian Purcell: The department which Purcell heads was the subject of substantial criticism in the Guerin Report, which concluded that there were inadequacies in the manner in which it responded to serious allegations made by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Brian Purcell, secretary general of the Department of Justice, arrived into last night’s meeting of the Oireachtas all-party Committee on Justice unde(...)

A group set up to campaign for justice for the family of murdered Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier has warned that it will take legal action at European Union level if Ireland decides to end co-operation with a French investigation into the killing.

A group set up to campaign for justice for the family of murdered Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier has warned that it will take legal action at E(...)

Bishop William Crean said that the new reports showed that the Cloyne diocese had come a long way.  Photograph: Catholic Communications Office /PA Wire

A special policy to facilitate whistleblowers concerned about possible clerical child sexual abuse should be established by the Diocese of Cloyne as p(...)

Fine Gael’s Simon Harris talking to reporters outside Leinster House. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A Government member of the Public Accounts Committee has said that legitimate issues have been raised by the disclosure that a former board mem(...)

Garda Reserve graduation ceremony at the Garda College, Templemore. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The
Irish
Times

The terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry into the Garda taping controversy will be agreed by the Cabinet in conjunction with the A(...)

 Pat Rabbitte: ‘I would strongly counsel, don’t draw any naive conclusions about anything in this particular regard’

Sources close to the ears of the former Garda commissioner must have been sweating profusely yesterday morning. Why? Because it’s highly(...)