A Virgin and child carving over the door of the former Magdalene laundry on Gloucester Street in  Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A healthcare package offered under a government compensation scheme to women who spent time in Magdalene laundries was “essentially nothing more than”(...)

 Magdalene survivors Breda Duffy and Martha Osmond, who were together in the Limerick Magdalene laundry. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Hundreds of Magdalene women from Ireland, including those who have been living abroad, are taking part in an historic two-day event in Dublin on Tuesd(...)

Flowers are laid on graves in Bohermore cemetery in Galway of women who worked in the city’s Magdalene laundry, in the Flowers for Magdalenes commemoration    on Sunday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The sites of two former Magdalene laundries in Dublin should not be redeveloped until it is confirmed there are no children’s graves there, a survivor(...)

Joanne Byrne, from Finglas, with her daughter Róise (18 months) at the sixth annual ‘Flowers for Magdalenes’ remembrance event at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State must help identify every woman and child who died at all Magdalene laundries and Mother and Baby Homes, a survivors’ group has said.* The (...)

The entrace of the Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street North in Dublin. A new service will help those affected by the mother-and-baby homes prepare witness statements ahead of the commission of investigation into the homes. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Women and others whose lives were affected by the mother-and-baby homes, including those forcibly adopted as babies, have been urged to avail of a fre(...)

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes will look at the entry and exit arrangements for single women into and out of the homes and for the children on leaving the institutions.

A commission of investigation into mother and baby homes will have the power to compel drug companies which conducted vaccine trials on children resid(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: announced that the publication of the terms of reference for the commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes has been postponed until autumn. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A group representing people housed in mother-and-baby homes has warned that it will bring a complaint to the UN Committee Against Torture if the term(...)

A Justice for Magdalenes press conference in Dublin last February: the group accuses the McAleese report of “marginalising the women’s lived experiences in these institutions”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Justice has sharply criticised a submission by the Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) advocacy group to the McAleese committee on the exte(...)

The UN Committee Against Torture criticised the inquiry into the Magdalene Laundries that was chaired by former senator Martin McAleese, saying it lacked many elements of a “prompt, independent and thorough” investigation.   Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The United Nations torture watchdog has criticised the McAleese inquiry into the Magdalene laundries, saying it lacked many elements of a “prompt, ind(...)