Photograph: Tooga

There have to be times when our politicians and others in public life must long for the good old days in Ireland when, as the late Dick Walsh of this (...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy: authored letter. File photograph: Eric Luke

The former members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission have refused to accept an invitation to appear before an Oireachtas committee, following sh(...)

The head of the now-dissolved Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes Yvonne Murphy wrote to the chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children Kathleen Funchion on Friday declining the invite to appear. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has urged the members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission to reconsider their decision not to appear before an Oireachtas co(...)

Joyce McSharry holding a photograph of her with her birth mother. Photograph : Laura Hutton

generations of people who were put through Ireland’s murky adoption system for children of unmarried mothers continue to battle for their identity.(...)

Prof Conor O’Mahony,  State’s special rapporteur for child protection, says it is vital that every reasonable effort be made to fill in the blanks in the lives of as many as possible of those affected.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the issue of illegal adoption was “shocking” and said that those affected will be helped and supported. He was spe(...)

Head of the commission Judge Yvonne Murphy: ‘The report is there, it is not going to be revised. What would they possibly ask the commission to do – redo the report?’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission believes “very strongly” that tapes of hearings at its confidential committee should be destroyed. The views of (...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman says he can understand the ‘very real anger’ of the survivors unhappy about the destruction of the recordings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Transcripts of all testimonies given in confidence to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission will be handed over to the Minister for Children next week (...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman: commission’s approach had not worked. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has said he does not accept a statement from the mother and baby homes commission that deleted audio file evide(...)

An official visiting St Finan’s Psychiatric Hospital in Killarney in 1963 described an overpowering stench and toilets that were ‘nauseating’.

The recently published report into mother and baby homes is the latest investigation into institutions that together constituted what we have describe(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Like the Magdalene inquiry, the commission did not support a preferred narrative and this seems to be at the root of much of the criticism. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three weeks ago today the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission was published and this month marks the eighth anniversary of the publication (...)

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