Joanne Hayes

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“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(...)

Kerry babies case: Joanne Hayes, whom 43 “important men” methodically flayed on the tribunal stand

Fallen women. Bold girls. Silly, stupid girls. Poor, unfortunate girls. They were part of the fabric of life in the Ireland of the 1980s. The unmista(...)

Joanne Hayes, pictured in 1985, received an apology from An Garda Síochána and the State last week regarding the investigation. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has welcomed the Government’s decision to examine the controversial findings in the Kerry babies tribunal report. He t(...)

Joanne Hayes: Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Attorney General Séamus Woulfe are looking at options including compensation. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is to consult further with the family of Joanne Hayes before deciding the Government’s approach to the Kerry bab(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will ask the Cabinet to consider a number of options including how it can distance the State from the 1985 report of the tribunal into the Kerry babies case. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government will today consider the possibility of offering compensation to Joanne Hayes, the woman at the centre of the Kerry babies controversy. (...)

Kerry babies: one option might be for the Cabinet to abandon the tribunal’s findings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is to consider how it can distance the State from the report of the tribunal into the Kerry babies case. In 1985 the tribunal conclud(...)

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