Joanne Hayes

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Prof John Harbison became the State’s first forensic pathologist in 1974 and conducted postmortem examinations until 2003. Photograph: The Irish Times

Prof John Harbison served as the State pathologist for nearly 30 years and worked on some of the most high-profile murder cases in the State’s history(...)

Joanne Hayes picutred at the Kerry babies tribunal tribunal in 1985. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The State will on Friday officially apologise and award substantial compensation to Joanne Hayes, who was wrongly accused of murdering a baby found on(...)

Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal of enquiry into the Kerry Babies in June 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Kerry Babies case has come to symbolise the treatment of women who stepped outside the conventions of the Ireland of a generation ago. But it was (...)

File photograph from 1985 of  Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal of enquiry into the Kerry Babies. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Joanne Hayes, who was wrongly accused of murdering an infant over 35 years ago, and her siblings, want the High Court to declare all findings of wrong(...)

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(...)

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