Diarmaid Ferriter: Tuam scandal was due to a unique obsession
Ireland’s long moral panic led to extraordinary and dehumanising situations
Historian Catherine Corless with a list of the names of missing children from the mother and baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
Former Tuam mother and baby home resident Peter Mulryan. Photograph taken on March 8th, 2017. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
Anna Corrigan, whose two brothers died in infancy at the Tuam home. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
Once again, we have witnessed a torrid, angry, emotional week in which demands for truth and justice abounded and enveloped discussion of the Tuam mother and baby home controversy.
Once again, Enda Kenny opined solemnly in the Dáil about the horrors of the Irish past after his speechwriters reached for new, more florid denunciations.