Yvonne Murphy

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That same voluntary theocracy which saw families reject their pregnant daughters, also sent their sons to be priests aged eight, and daughters with no vocations to be nuns. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes offered this country the potential for catharsis. A stain on our psyche since Independence (...)

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary, which was a mother and baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The State is due to outline today the nature of its opposition to a series of pending High Court challenges against the report of the mother and baby (...)

Ms Justice Yvonne Murphy: “The former members of the commission stand over its report which speaks for itself and must be read in its entirety.” Photograph: Eric Luke

In the depths of the winter of 2009, the then taoiseach, Brian Cowen, rose in the Dáil to give his verdict on the just-published Murphy report which h(...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy: authored letter. File photograph: Eric Luke

The former members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission have refused to accept an invitation to appear before an Oireachtas committee, following sh(...)

Majella Connolly, who was born in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on the Navan Road, places a child’s shoe on a tree at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Tom Honan

A tense negotiation is in prospect as the Government seeks a significant financial contribution from Catholic and Church of Ireland leaders for a new (...)

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was chaired by Judge Yvonne Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hundreds of people who gave confidential testimony to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes will be able to get copies of that t(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on Children wrote to Ms Justice Yvonne Murphy asking her to come before it to discuss the lengthy report by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission, published last month. File photograph: Eric Luke

The chairwoman of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has declined an invitation to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on C(...)

Retiring in the north inner city parish of Aughrim Street, Diarmuid Martin plans to rest and read for now: ‘I could write my memoirs but they’d probably be banned,’ he says, with a smile. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pope Francis once quietly approached the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, in the Vatican guesthouse, the Santa Marta, at the end of an early mor(...)

Bessborough,  set up as a Mother and Baby Home in 1922 and closed in 1998, was owned and operated by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, based in Chigwell, Essex, in the UK. File photograph: BBC

The Bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr Fintan Gavin has welcomed a commitment by religious orders involved in mother and baby homes to talk to the Government(...)

‘As a nation, it is important to understand and accept the failings of our past’. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The full statement of Taoiseach Micheál Martin on the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes: It is the duty of a repub(...)

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