The committee is examining a Bill to legislate for the examination and possible exhumation of mass graves at mother and baby homes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The remains of mothers and babies buried in sites once run by religious orders should “where possible” be returned to their families, and their mass g(...)

School online is not without its glitches. The first was so genuinely traumatic that I think many of us blocked out the skills acquired when we blocked out the trauma. Photograph: iStock

Schools don’t have a monopoly on teaching and learning. We are surrounded by learning opportunities, some permanently available, others a more tempora(...)

Tuam: ‘That job belonged to Tuam historian Catherine Corless and to the women and surviving children who, in a very changed society, had the strength to speak out.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

This week’s column is not about the natural world. Before I began writing Another Life from the west of Ireland, I worked in Dublin as an Irish Times (...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Photograph: Carson/PA Wire

Galway County Council has apologised for its role in the running of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, into which women were “forced”, according to chief (...)

President Michael D Higgins: The State must bear primary responsibility for failing to provide appropriate supports for these tens of thousands of young women and their children. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has said the State and church “bear a heavy responsibility” for the “violation of fundamental rights” of women and childre(...)

The town of Tuam in Co Galway  as apologies were offered by the  Government and the Bon Secours order following  the mother and baby homes report. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Twenty-four hours after the publication of the mother and baby home report, the town of Tuam is exhausted, with few in the north Galway town wanting t(...)

‘As a nation, it is important to understand and accept the failings of our past’. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The full statement of Taoiseach Micheál Martin on the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes: It is the duty of a repub(...)

Tuam mother and baby home survivor Carmel Larkin and historian Catherine Corless. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Down a puddle-filled alleyway, tucked behind a children’s playground in Tuam, a small enclosed patch of grass covers the remains of infants who died i(...)

Tuam Mother and Baby Home survivor Carmel Larkin poses for a photograph as a vigil is held at the Tuam Mother and Baby home mass burial site on August 25th, 2019. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Shame breeds shame. The shaming of women and children was, as the report of the commission of inquiry into the system of Mother and Baby Homes shows, (...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said he is aware of plans to build more than 200 apartments on a parcel of land near the  Bessborough home which campaigners believe overlaps a children’s burial plot. File photograph: Gareth Chaney

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has confirmed that he will publish the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes in (...)

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