One of the five dormitories at Artane industrial school, 1905

The boy’s name was Joseph Pyke, and the last time John Prior saw him alive the child was being kicked and beaten by a Christian Brother. The Brothers,(...)

Jubilant protesters  at  the Connemara Gateway hotel  outside Oughterard on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The first thing Barry Clifford did on Tuesday morning when he arrived at the former Connemara Gateway hotel outside Oughterard in Connemara was to sha(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan   said the Government had agreed that the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme would now apply to the women who lived in adjoining institutions. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has announced that the Magdalene redress scheme is to be widened to include women who worked in the laundries an(...)

Pope Francis: seen by many as separate from the institution he leads, and which he himself struggles to reform. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

It is the story of a photograph: four cardinals, all Irish, and one president, Mary McAleese. The occasion was the elevation in 2007 of the then prima(...)

The closing date for applications under the redress scheme was in 2005. The man first applied for compensation in 2008. Photograph: Reuters

A man who claims he was physically and sexually abused at a Co Tipperary industrial school has lost his High Court case aimed at allowing him apply to(...)

Caranua is an independent body established under the the 2012 Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act. Photograph: Getty Images

Survivors of childhood institutional abuse say they are being “re-abused” by a statutory body meant to improve their lives. They say that Caranua, w(...)

“The truth is industrial and reformatory schools, Magdalene laundries, orphanages, special needs schools, and mother and baby homes are all interlinked and were the State’s response to welfare in Ireland for most of the 20th century.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On hearing the reports in the media about the discovery of a mass grave at the site of the once mother and baby home in Tuam, it nearly feels as thoug(...)

Mannix Flynn, a former resident of St Joseph’s Industrial School in Artane, wants the band to be brought to an end due to its associations with the Christian Brothers. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn was escorted by gardaí from City Hall on Dublin’s Dame Street on Monday evening following a protest wh(...)

A file image of members of the Artane Band playing before a GAA match. An attempt by Independent councillor Mannix Flynn to have the Artane School of Music  disbanded has been described as bordering on the ridiculous by a fellow councillor. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

An attempt by Independent councillor Mannix Flynn to have the Artane School of Music disbanded has been described as bordering on the ridiculous by a (...)

Perhaps reminders of difficult parts of the national experience should  also be present on All-Ireland Sundays in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

When I see the Artane Band perform at Croke Park, the industrial school established in Artane in 1868 usually crosses my mind, however fleetingly. I c(...)

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