Gardaí still law unto themselves 34 years after Kerry babies case

Flawed tribunal findings stigmatised Joanne Hayes. We should apologise to her

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD has offered an apology on behalf of the State to the woman at the centre of the Kerry babies case, Joanne Hayes, while speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Video: EU Parliment TV

You could not make it up. There are so many elements to the Kerry babies case that make it seem like a weird novel set in some dystopian society.

A young woman, Joanne Hayes, falls madly in love with Jeremiah Locke, a married man. They begin an affair. She becomes pregnant and gives birth to her daughter Yvonne. There is some shame, but she comes from an honourable family. However, when she becomes pregnant a second time, she becomes shunned. Her partner leaves her. Her family refuse to recognise her pregnancy.

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