Yvonne Murphy

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A pair of baby shoes with the message ‘Bury us with dignity’ hangs on a wall at the site of the Tuam mother-and-baby home. Photograph: Andy Newman

An expert working for the order of nuns which ran the Tuam mother-and-baby home in Co Galway argued in January this year that the underground structur(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone making a statement on the Tuam mother-and-baby home in October 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said that the Government could have refused a request from the commission investigating mother-and-baby ho(...)

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation chairperson  Judge Yvonne Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation is to seek an extension of one year before publishing its final report, which was due next mont(...)

Gloucester Street laundry in Dublin, the last of Ireland’s infamous Magdalene Laundries, which closed in 1996.

This week’s conference at Boston College on ‘Towards Transitional Justice: Recognition, Truth-telling, and Institutional Abuse In Ireland’ will grappl(...)

 Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington. He called the abuse of children “a terrible tragedy”, as though it was a calamity no one could have foreseen or stopped.  Photograph: EPA/Ettore Ferrari

By now you’ll be thoroughly sick of hearing the numbers involved in Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland this weekend. 25,000: The quantity of sliced pans(...)

Catherine Coffey O’Brien and Terri Newman, both from Mayfield Cork, at the Mother and Baby Homes commisission of investigation conference. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The “most important” thing for survivors of mother and baby homes is getting all their personal information, according to many of those attending the (...)

An altar at the babies burial ground in Tuam, Co Galway,  seen from  behind construction hoarding. Photograph: Barry Cronin

The existing redress scheme for victims of residential child abuse could be reopened to cover those abused as children in mother and baby homes, an un(...)

Shrine in Tuam, Co Galway. “The desire to be instruments of what is right is not the monopoly of one religion or, indeed, of religion at all,” said Bishop Paul Colton. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Irish society and churches need to confront the reality of what happened in mother and baby homes and ensure similar scandals are not allowed to happe(...)

1. The Fennelly Commission: It was established in March 2014. The commission was set up to investigate the taping of phone calls at garda stations and(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway, before excavations began. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government is considering expanding the scope of the inquiry into mother and baby homes to include a far greater number of institutions than initi(...)

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