On Thursday, Katherine Zappone met with a small number of Bethany home survivors  in Leinster House. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

An appeal from survivors of the Bethany Homes religious institution for a “fast track” redress process has been turned down, following a meeting with (...)

Flowers at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

If the failure to record the deaths and burials of so-called illegitimate and abandoned children who died in various institutions during the last cent(...)

“Significant quantities” of human remains have been detected by archaeologists working for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes at the Tuam site. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is highly likely that DNA can be retrieved intact from some, if not all, of the human remains found in underground chambers at the site of a forme(...)

The entrace of the Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street North in Dublin. A new service will help those affected by the mother-and-baby homes prepare witness statements ahead of the commission of investigation into the homes. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Women and others whose lives were affected by the mother-and-baby homes, including those forcibly adopted as babies, have been urged to avail of a fre(...)

A card laid at the gates of Bessborough during a Bessborough Mother and Baby Support Group memorial service in Cork. Photograph: Provision

A State commission of inquiry is to investigate the number of baby deaths at a Cork Mother and Baby Home after it emerged that official records dif(...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy, who has been appointed chairperson of the  Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. The commission’s work is officially underway following the formal appointment of  three commissioners. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The work of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is now officially underway following the formal appointment of the three indivi(...)