Minister for Children James Reilly: announced that the publication of the terms of reference for the commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes has been postponed until autumn. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A group representing people housed in mother-and-baby homes has warned that it will bring a complaint to the UN Committee Against Torture if the term(...)

Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, which was operated as a mother and baby home by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. Between April 1946 and the end of March 1947 over 1,000 children were born to unmarried mothers in county homes, county hospitals and the two State-supported mother and baby homes,  records show.

More than 150 “illegitimate” children under the age of one died in county homes and county hospitals in a one-year period in the 1940s official record(...)