Michael Hess

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Survivor of the Tuam mother-and-baby home Peter Mulryan lays flowers on the grounds. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The latest delay to the publication of the final report of the Mother and Baby Home Commission was made unavoidable days before Christmas when it rece(...)

Philomena Lee at the publishing of the Clann Project's report on adoption and mother and baby homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Women whose children were “forcibly taken from them” and placed into Ireland’s adoption system continue to face discrimination because their personal (...)

Philomena Lee: “I do pray within my heart that something good will come out of this. It was so awful.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Mother and baby home survivor Philomena Lee has called on Pope Francis to match his words with deeds to help those who have been harmed by the Catholi(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Philomena Lee has described revelations about the Tuam mother and babies as “absolutely appalling”. Ms Lee gave birth in Sean Ross Abbey, Co Tippera(...)

Paula Douglas, who was adopted in Ireland and now lives in the United States, pictured with her daughter Caitlin

Paula Douglas has known she was adopted from as early as she can remember. Her Irish mother Lil Holmes told her when she was four. Yet, she remaine(...)

Philomena Lee, with her son Kevin and daughter Jayne, and Mary Lawlor (right) from Adoption Rights Alliance and The Philomena Project. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

For years Philomena Lee came alone or just with her daughter Jayne to visit her son’s grave in Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Yesterday, sh(...)

Pope Francis meets Philomena Lee and actor Steve Coogan at the Vatican yesterday.

The woman whose determination to find a son given up for adoption in 1950s Ireland inspired the Oscar-nominated movie Philomena, now hopes the Pope wi(...)

Philomena Lee at the launch of the Philomena Project. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Even now, despite being incarcerated in a family-and-baby home, having her son taken off her and then being lied to about him for the rest of her life(...)

Sr Hildegarde McNulty  with Michael Hess at Seán Ross Abbey, Roscrea, in 1993.

In the growing panoply of Irish religious villains on screen, none is more chillingly depicted than Sr Hildegarde McNulty in the movie Philomena. Port(...)

Judi Dench, star of the movie Philomena, which tells the story of Philomena Lee. Photograph Tim P Whitby/Getty.

The congregation of nuns which ran the mother- and-baby home featured in the film Philomena has denied receiving money for babies put up for adoption.(...)

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