Joanne Hayes

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The year 1984 became notorious for a number of stories involving women, pregnancy outside marriage, and their treatment by society, church and State(...)

Garda Majella Moynihan in 1998: As senior gardaí interrogated her, she was subjected to a lay version of a Catholic marriage tribunal. Photograph: RTÉ

In September 1922, in the midst of the Civil War, Eoin O’Duffy was appointed commissioner of the new Civic Guard, shortly to be renamed An Garda Síoch(...)

Majella Moynihan in 1998. ‘The Garda Representative Association had failed so comprehensively in its purpose to protect and defend her that she wasn’t even aware of its existence.’  Photograph: RTÉ

A thread insinuates itself throughout Majella Moynihan’s heart-stopping story: how societies choose their human sacrifices for some “higher” cause, ho(...)

Fiona Shaw and Fionnuala Flaherty in ‘Out of Innocence’

In April 1984, the body of a newborn was found on a beach near Cahersiveen in Co Kerry. A subsequent criminal investigation focused on Joanne Hayes, a(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: was “quite confident” the increasing numbers of new gardaí could be deployed appropriately, including along the Border in light of Brexit. Photo Garrett White/Collins

The closure of numerous Garda stations and Defence Forces barracks since the Troubles ended will not impede the State’s ability to police the Border, (...)

“When the Headmaster said he was getting a better Teacher, I didn’t think she would be this qualified”

In 1986, when I was at secondary school, the picture above was how the Student Yearbook & Career Directory chose to illustrate its advice that som(...)

Joanne Hayes at the Kerry babies tribunal in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Contacts are continuing between the Department of Justice and Joanne Hayes, the woman at the centre of the Kerry Babies Tribunal in 1985, over compens(...)

A number of planned  follow-up interviews in the 1980s never took place as the focus of the investigation shifted to Abbeydorney and Tralee and to Joanne Hayes.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Gardaí investigating the Kerry Babies case began house-to-house enquiries on Valentia Island in Co Kerry on Monday morning. These are the first door-(...)

Women such as Vicky Phelan, above, have to give up everything – privacy, intimacy, ultimately life itself – to try to make the State break its long habits of secrecy and silence. Photograph: CourtPix

I suppose you can tell something about a State from the nature of its secrets. For many states, the biggest secrets are to do with spies and covert op(...)

Transcripts of the Kerry Babies tribunal are to be withheld from the National Archives to avoid further upset and distress to Joanne Hayes (pictured) and her family. Photograph: Peter Thursfield.

The Department of Justice has confirmed that transcripts of the Kerry Babies tribunal are to be withheld from the National Archives to avoid further u(...)

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