Oonagh McAleer, chairwoman of the group Birth Mothers and Their Children for Justice NI,  was 17 and pregnant when she was sent to live in Marian Vale mother and baby home in Newry in 1979. Photograph: The Detail

Northern Ireland’s mother and baby homes closed decades ago, but their legacy continues to have an impact on birth mothers and their children. Oonagh(...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on their way into Leinster House last February to sit in the public gallery for the Dáil debate on the McAleese report. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has sought a Dáil debate on the refusal of the four religious orders that ran the Magdalene Laundries to make a financial contribution towar(...)