Children at the Pelletstown home on the Navan Road in Dublin were given an experimental vaccine against diphtheria in 1935. File photograph: Adoption Rights Alliance

The pharmaceutical corporation associated with vaccine trials described in the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes ha(...)

An internal Wellcome memo at the time stated: “You will appreciate that it is difficult to arrange meaningful trials of any medicinal product in young children, as is necessary in this case.” Photograph: PA

Medical professionals who oversaw vaccine trials at Irish mother and baby homes insisted the vaccines did no harm and were administered in the childre(...)

 Dr Irene Hillary pictured  in 1981. She said she was concerned that  an inquiry into the vaccination trials, under the aegis of a commission set up to inquire into child abuse, would have implications for her professional reputation. Photograph: Kevin McMahon/The Irish Times

A member of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse has said that a significant amount of work had been done and documentation collated when its v(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: has called for a properly constituted commission to examine issues raised by the discovery of mass baby deaths at St Mary’s mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway – including allegations that medical trials were carried out on children. Photograph: Alan Betson

The investigation into a vaccine trial on children in mother and baby homes, which politicians and Catholic Church leaders are now calling for, has p(...)