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

Approval has been given for research of mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries in Northern Ireland, the North’s Department of Health has said .(...)

Dr Damien Brennan: “There was a harshness and dehumanising aspect that was very much like the Magdalene laundry”

Medical professionals and local communities protecting their economic interests played a major role in the incarceration of tens of thousands of pe(...)