Mari Steed, who is now the US co-ordinator of the Adoption Rights Alliance and a committee director and co-founder of Justice for Magdalenes Research.

Mari Steed was 18 months old when she was taken from her 26-year-old mother at the Bessborough mother and baby home in Co Cork, where she was born in (...)

Philomena Lee at an event this week to mark the publication of the Clann Project report ’Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The skewed values of our past continue to be a source of distress for many elderly Irish women and their now ageing children. It is unconscionable tha(...)

The former Magdalene laundry in Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Photograph: Alan Betson

Plans to demolish the former Magdalene laundry in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, have been scrapped amid concerns about the cultural, historical and conservati(...)

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(...)