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Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said the Government was establishing the inquiry “with a sense of sadness but equally a sense of duty and resolve”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The treatment of many unmarried women and their babies from the 1920s onwards was an “abomination”, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil as he confirme(...)

An internal Wellcome memo at the time stated: “You will appreciate that it is difficult to arrange meaningful trials of any medicinal product in young children, as is necessary in this case.” Photograph: PA

Medical professionals who oversaw vaccine trials at Irish mother and baby homes insisted the vaccines did no harm and were administered in the childre(...)