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King George V’s speech which helped to end the War of Independence originally made no peace overtures, according to newly released documents. Image: iStock.

King George V’s speech which helped to end the War of Independence originally made no peace overtures, according to newly released documents. At the(...)

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 (...)

Historian Catherine Corless called on the Government to tell the commission: ‘You didn’t do the right job; we have to do something with this report.’ File image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Survivors of mother and baby homes have condemned former members of the commission which investigated the institutions over its refusal to appear bef(...)

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(...)

The head of the now-dissolved Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes Yvonne Murphy wrote to the chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children Kathleen Funchion on Friday declining the invite to appear. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has urged the members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission to reconsider their decision not to appear before an Oireachtas co(...)

The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Co Cork, a former mother and baby home operated by the Sacred Heart nuns. File photograph: Provision

“The official record can tell us what happened, but rarely what it felt like.” These were the words used by archivist Catríona Crowe 21 years ago when(...)

The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork City, a former children’s home operated by the Sacred Heart nuns. File photograph: Provision

There are “serious questions” which must be answered about the Mother and Baby Homes Commission final report, archivist Caitríona Crowe has said. Ms (...)

The three members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation – former judge Yvonne Murphy (above), Dr William Duncan and Prof Mary Daly – have not replied to calls to appear before an Oireachtas committee. File photograph: Eric Luke

The Oireachtas should not “interrogate” members of State-appointed commissions of investigation, but a means to allow “a proper exchange of views” nee(...)

Mother and baby homes protest at Phoenix Park: The procedure adopted by the commission re-victimised the women by depriving them of ownership even of their own testimony. File photograph:  Tom Honan

It is now entirely clear that the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes cannot be allowed to stand. In the past week, d(...)

Tuam babies protest “coffins” from a demonstration in 2018: Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has written to survivors to say, “Your evidence stands as a profound published account of the lived experiences of those who suffered within the walls of these institutions.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The order of nuns that ran the mother and baby home at Tuam has defended its interaction with the commission of investigation into such institutions i(...)

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