The congregation was found to have partially met two requirements out of six under the board’s “Communicating the Church’s Safeguarding Message” standard

Of the four reviews published by the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children that of the Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd c(...)

“The truth is industrial and reformatory schools, Magdalene laundries, orphanages, special needs schools, and mother and baby homes are all interlinked and were the State’s response to welfare in Ireland for most of the 20th century.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On hearing the reports in the media about the discovery of a mass grave at the site of the once mother and baby home in Tuam, it nearly feels as thoug(...)

Protesters who marched on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in 2014 in relation to the Tuam graves and deaths of infants in Irish institutions. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Every time you think you’ve exhausted the depravity of Catholic Ireland, you’re reminded that your imagination is insufficiently dark.” The writer (...)

Photograph: Getty Images

Yesterday, July 22nd, 2016, was the first Feast day of St Mary Magdalene. Here I doff my cap to those betters on this page whose space I tread on. I d(...)

Building reportedly used as a Magdelene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street: many levels of Irish society, including the State, failed women who were kept in such places. Photograph: Eric Luke

I have told her story in the past but even in death she would want to remain anonymous. She leaves an important legacy. Her childhood was sad. Her mot(...)

Former residents of Magdalene laundries lay a wreath on the mass unmarked graves of residents of Magdalene laundries in Glasnevin Cemetery in 2014. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Members of the public are invited to visit graves of Magdalene women around Ireland on Sunday. March 6th will mark the the fifth annual Flowers for (...)

Asylum seekers protesting against conditions at Birchwood House direct provision centre in 2014: “Who benefits from imposing a structure on people that strips them of their dignity and identity?” Photograph:  Patrick Browne

It’s not enough to feel sad about direct provision. In January, during a United Nations committee examining the rights of children in Ireland, Childre(...)

The interior of the now derelict Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott St, Dublin. Official policy-making was heavily influenced by the highly moralistic attitudes evident in Irish society regarding sexuality and illegitimacy, which were hardened by the increased Catholicism of the new Free State. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Welfare reform, especially of the Irish Poor Law system, was a key facet of republicanism and nationalism in revolutionary and Free State Ireland. (...)

Jo Spain: I look at my children now, one of whom is four, and think – imagine telling a child of that age they had a new mammy and daddy? Imagine asking them to forget their mother? I get a lump in my throat every time I think of my dad, a small boy, going through that traumatic experience

There is no worse pain imaginable to a parent than the loss of a child. So it is truly distressing to realise that, for decades, a policy of forcing m(...)

Women who worked in the Magdalene laundries and remain resident in Ireland will get a medical card and other supports including home help, counselling and physiotherapy services free of charge from July 1st when the Redress for Women Who Were Resident in Certain Institutions Act comes into force.

Women who worked in the Magdalene laundries and remain resident in Ireland will get a medical card and other supports including home help, counselling(...)

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