Dr Maeve O’Rourke  warned that State bodies and inquiries were ‘refusing more and more information to survivors and the public about institutional and adoption-related abuses’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Election candidates across all parties should commit to the establishment of a national archive of historical institutional and care related records, (...)

At Tuam the fifth interim report found that scientific analysis on underground chambers  'suggests that at least some of the chambers in which human remains were found were at some stage used to receive sewage'.

Publication of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation’s final report could be delayed due to its exceptional length The document is on(...)

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission member Salome Mbugua: “We need as a society to ensure that in our communities and country, racism has no safe harbour, no resting place.” Photograph:  Maxwell’s

The UN has called for Ireland to adopt a new national action plan against racism and to phase out direct provision as part of a series of recommendati(...)

St Mary’s mother and baby home in  Tuam: fifth interim report says the burial locations of hundreds of children who died in the State’s homes remain unknown. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

Galway County Council has insisted it is fully co-operating with the investigation into the Tuam mother-and-baby home, despite criticism by the commis(...)

The site of the mass grave for children who died in the mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nuns who presided over the running of the Bessborough mother-and-baby home in Cork should be questioned by gardaí, a woman who gave birth there 50 yea(...)

Historian Catherine Corless  at her home, in Tuam. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Historian Catherine Corless, whose work led to the establishment of the mother and baby homes commission of investigation, has said she is “very, very(...)

 Michael O’Flaherty received   his birth certificate containing his full name, date of birth and mother’s name when he joined the army aged 24.     Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ann O’Flaherty remembers the first night she met her husband, Michael, at the Irish Club on Parnell Square in Dublin in October 1973 and the walk home(...)

EU Council President Donald Tusk and  Leo Varadkar gesture as they give statements after a meeting at the European Council headquarters. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

To Hell and Back . . . Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday to meet EU leaders including president of the European Council Donald Tusk. His co(...)

A file image of  the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Co Galway. Photograph: PA

Survivors from the Tuam mother and baby home have called on the Government to begin collecting DNA samples immediately. The Tuam Home Survivors’ Net(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: apologised to the former residents, saying she was “deeply sorry” about the delayed report. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has apologised to survivors of mother and baby homes after another delay in the work of a commission of invest(...)

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