Joyce McSharry holding a photograph of her with her birth mother. Photograph : Laura Hutton

generations of people who were put through Ireland’s murky adoption system for children of unmarried mothers continue to battle for their identity.(...)

Flowers are seen on a grave at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin for children who died in the  Bethany Home. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Across 49 years, the Protestant-run Bethany Home admitted 1,584 women and 1,376 children. The deaths of five women and 262 children are associated w(...)

Adoption Authority chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: “It was challenging but rewarding that we managed to ensure that no child failed in their desire to be adopted.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Up to 40 children were adopted by long-term foster parents after the Adoption Authority took last-minute action to ensure that Covid-19 restrictions d(...)

Tom Young, Chairman of Cunamh, the Catholic Adoption Agency. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Staff at Cúnamh Adoption Services, formerly known as the Catholic Protection & Rescue Society of Ireland, have spoken of their “sadness” and “huge(...)

Cúnamh’s 10,500 files have now been transferred to the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

The adoption agency Cúnamh, formerly known as the Catholic Protection & Rescue Society of Ireland, ceased operation at the close of business on Fr(...)

Actor and comedian Steve Coogan, joins (left to right) Cathy Belton, Tadhg Bowen aged 5, Sean Mahon and Ruth McCabe at the screening of the film Philomena at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin last night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Actor and producer Steve Coogan spoke last night about how his Irish Catholic upbringing in Manchester informed his new film Philomena. Coogan turned (...)