A shrine dedicated to children who died at the  Tuam mother and baby home. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a report by a commission investigating the homes made for ‘gruesome reading’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

The fifth interim report into mother and baby homes makes for “gruesome reading” and “gives us a further insight into a very dark part of our history”(...)

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene Fo(...)

1. The Fennelly Commission: It was established in March 2014. The commission was set up to investigate the taping of phone calls at garda stations and(...)

The site  where  “significant quantities” of foetal remains, as well of those of children aged up to three, were found in Tuam, Co Galway. File photograph: PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the discovery of “significant quantities” of foetal remains, as well of those of children aged up to three, during excav(...)

The site at the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Human remains of a significant number of babies and infants up to three years of age have been found on the site of the former mother and baby home in(...)

Patrick Anderson McQuaid, Derek Leinster and Noleen Belton, members of the Bethany Survivors Group, at the burial site of children from the Bethany Home in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation would like to hear from anyone who was resident in, or who worked, in any of the 14 homes it is(...)