An aerial photograph of the grounds of Bessborough in Cork

It is likely that infant burials took place at Bessborough in Cork even though no evidence has been found of systematic burials there, the Commission (...)

Catherine Coffey O’Brien of the Cork Survivors and Supporters Alliance has called on the Minister for Children to have graves at Bessborough ‘marked, preserved and protected’. Photograph: Garrett White

A campaign group set up to represent the families of infants who died in the Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork have called for an oral hearing (...)

Names of some of the children who died at the Tuam mother and baby home. The moral ground was ceded to the church and with it came the authority over sexual morality and the family and therefore the shaping of national identity. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Since news broke of the discovery of a mass grave of babies in Tuam, there has been a fear that publication of the report of the Commission of Investi(...)

A man  lays flowers this week at a shrine in Tuam, Co Galway, erected in memory of up to 800 children  buried at the site of the mother and baby home there. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The women and children who suffered in mother and baby homes were “abandoned by their church”, a Cork priest has said during Sunday Mass. Fr Colin D(...)

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(...)

Mary McAleese has said  she was “surprised” by the “speed and humility” of the apologies offered by bishops and religious orders following the publication of the report by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes this week. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has said the Church was “more complicit than most” in the mother and baby home scandal. Ms McAleese added (...)

The letter, which has a baby photograph attached, recounts her physical appearance and details of her health. “A very nice baby with beautiful fair sk(...)

President Michael D Higgins: The State must bear primary responsibility for failing to provide appropriate supports for these tens of thousands of young women and their children. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has said the State and church “bear a heavy responsibility” for the “violation of fundamental rights” of women and childre(...)

Alice McEvoy (65), who had her daughter in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on Navan Road, Dublin, in 1975. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus LTD

Women who entered mother and baby homes after 1973 must not be excluded from statutory redress, former residents and their advocates say. The report(...)

Catherine Coffey O’Brien  who was a resident at the mother and baby home at Bessborough, Co Cork. Photograph: Garrett White

An adoptee born in Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork has called for a stay to be put on a planning application for apartments on the grounds un(...)

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