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Historian Catherine Corless called on the Government to tell the commission: ‘You didn’t do the right job; we have to do something with this report.’ File image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Survivors of mother and baby homes have condemned former members of the commission which investigated the institutions over its refusal to appear bef(...)

The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Co Cork, a former mother and baby home operated by the Sacred Heart nuns. File photograph: Provision

“The official record can tell us what happened, but rarely what it felt like.” These were the words used by archivist Catríona Crowe 21 years ago when(...)

Mother and baby homes protest at Phoenix Park: The procedure adopted by the commission re-victimised the women by depriving them of ownership even of their own testimony. File photograph:  Tom Honan

It is now entirely clear that the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes cannot be allowed to stand. In the past week, d(...)

There are other issues which haven’t been fully ventilated. Mr Justice Sean Ryan alluded to one of these when saying that religious congregations may complain about “a barrage of criticism on the basis of unproven or extravagant or extreme . . . allegations” which may be contained within the records but did not feature in the commission’s final report in 2009. Photograph: AP

From rural Ireland, Tomás has spent most of his turbulent life abroad. The detritus left behind included intermittent employment, a failed marriage, e(...)

 Justice Seán Ryan, chair, and Anne McLoughlin, a member of the confidentiality committee, at the launch of Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Report, in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

Proposed legislation to seal records relating to historic child abuse for 75 years would make abuse survivors “invisible once more,” an Oireachtas co(...)

Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

‘I’m surrounded by Tom here,” says Jane Brennan. “His presence is everywhere. It’s very strong.” We’re sitting in their sitting room in Rathgar. The p(...)

Artane Industrial School in Dublin which was run by the Christian Brothers and was named in the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report.

The Ryan report, published 10 years ago this month, was based on the testimony of over 1,000 people who told the Commission to Inquire into Child Abus(...)

Colm Tóibín: the novelist before his treatment for testicular cancer. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty

A good writer loves a good intro. Colm Tóibín begins his story: “It all started with my balls.” What follows is an account of being diagnosed with and(...)

The remains of actor Jer O’Leary, being carried out of the Church of St. Agatha’s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Actor, activist, artist, raconteur, orator, and trade unionist Jer O’Leary (73), who died in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day, had a favourite quotation: “I(...)

Young Offenders Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley). Photograph: Miki Barlok

Christmas episodes of hit television shows The Young Offenders and Mrs Brown’s Boys are sure to put a smile on even the Grinchiest of family members’ (...)

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