Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman: Opposition TDs said legislation passed through the Oireachtas this week was a wasted opportunity to prevent records from being sealed for 30 years. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Q. What is the Mother and Baby Homes Commission database that’s been the cause of so much political debate this week? A. The database is a digitalise(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone meets survivors of institutions Terri Harrison and Sydney Herdman. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

A national monument to honour women and children who were resident in mother and baby institutions looks set to be erected in the Phoenix Park. There(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone received the commission’s report on March 15th and will bring it to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

A report into burial practices at mother and baby homes is to be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone on Tuesday morning. Th(...)

A geophysical survey of infant burial grounds at the site of the former Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home in Roscrea. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission has begun a geophysical survey at the site of a former mother and baby home in Tipperary. The survey is being ca(...)