Names of some of the children who died at the Tuam mother and baby home. The moral ground was ceded to the church and with it came the authority over sexual morality and the family and therefore the shaping of national identity. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Since news broke of the discovery of a mass grave of babies in Tuam, there has been a fear that publication of the report of the Commission of Investi(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he had met on Friday morning with groups involved in the mother-and-baby homes issue. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

There are no “obstacles or barriers” anticipated to publication of the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, which was hand(...)

Signing laundry sheets outside a  Magdalene laundry building.

Anyone tempted to believe there is no smoke without fire might try journalism sometime. They would quickly discover that the laws of physics rarely ap(...)

Singer Mary Coughlan at home in Wicklow for magazine feature. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The singer spent years ‘in deep sadness and a lot of anger’ but honesty, openness and music got her through On Mary Coughlan’s kitchen table the(...)

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”(...)

It takes herculean efforts in not thinking about the lives playing out in doorways, or tented villages. Photograph: Alan Betson

I had dinner in the Celtic Tiger the other evening. At least, it felt like that. I was spending the night in Dublin, staying with a friend who warned(...)

 Activists in Argentina  disguised as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale.  In hellish, dystopian Gilead, handmaids are given the names of their captors as a way of obliterating their dignity. Photograph:  Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images

‘I tell myself it doesn’t matter, your name is like your telephone number, useful only to others; but what I tell myself is wrong – it does matter,” w(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “I would go so far to say the factionalism that has emerged in the whole Brexit debate has become dangerous.” File photograph: Tom Honan

Northern Ireland Catholics have been left out of the Brexit debate in the UK, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin has said. “(...)

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral in Dublin of an Irish man Joseph Tuohy. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Joseph Tuohy was “forgotten in life and remembered in death”, mourners heard at the funeral of the man who died alone at the age of 83 in London last (...)

Stay with Me, which opens in the Aula Maxima, is a group art exhibition which brings together the work of 20 artists and survivors who felt compelled to create artwork in response initially, to the tragic story of the Tuam Babies. Photograph: Olivia Kelleher/UCC

A new exhibition which seeks to honour and remember all those who suffered in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, mother and baby homes, and industrial sch(...)

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