Mother-and-baby homes

Despite the many pronouncements on the Magdalene Laundries, the State is hugely concerned at the payout it may have to make, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

Mother and baby home truth probe set to be rejected

The Government is set to oppose an opposition motion this week advocating a truth commission to investigate mother and baby homes.

Locals hold vigil for babies at Tuam Mother and Baby Home

People from the town of Tuam have gathered for a vigil at the Mother and Baby Home there in memory of the children whose remains have been discovered at the site.

Survivors release list of deaths at Castlepollard Mother and Baby home

Survivors from a mother and baby home in Co Westmeath have released a list of everyone known to have died at the facility.

Philomena Lee 'appalled' at Tuam revelations

Philomena Lee has said she is “appalled” by the revelations at Tuam, Co Galway, and said all institutions that dealt with unmarried women need to be examined.

New York nun's amazing story of adoption from Bessborough and reunification with mother

A US-based nun has revealed how she was ’sold’ by the Bessborough mother-and -baby home to an American family in an organised adoption in 1954 and how she was reunited with her birth mother over 50 years later.

Archbishop of Tuam says Mother and Baby Home inquiry should look at society

The Archbishop of Tuam says the Mother and Baby Home inquiry should look at society in general, and not just the religious order that ran the institution.

Tuam and Bessborough: Houses of horror

The Tuam mother and baby home should not be treated as an individual scandal, but as part of a national trafficking network that commodified people, says Conall Ó Fátharta.

Weeks before scope of mother and baby homes inquiry is known

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says she will know within weeks how a proposed broadening of the Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes will look, as she noted: “The dead do not lie.”

Bishop of Cloyne: Let’s hear truth about Bessborough

The true picture of what happened in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in Cork may be difficult to hear but it needs to come out, the Bishop of Cloyne, William Crean said yesterday.

Catherine Corless recounts long pursuit of truth over Mother and Baby home

The historian who revealed the depths of the Tuam Babies scandal tonight received a standing ovation from the Late Late Show audience,

Archdiocese of Tuam failed these children

Prof James M Smith says that the Church either knew what was happening in Tuam and did nothing or that its bishops never fulfilled their pastoral duty under Canon Law

LATEST: Calls for tests to be carried out at second site in Tuam

Latest: There are calls for tests to be carried out in Tuam, where the Bon Secours sisters ran a hospital.

Campaign groups: 180 agencies need to be examined by commission

Mother and baby home campaigners have said as many as 180 institutions that dealt with unmarried mothers and children need to be examined by the commission.

Investigation into mother and baby homes may be expanded

An investigation into mother and baby homes could be widened to take in far more institutions as the Government has ordered a scoping exercise into the scandal.

‘We did not just hide away the dead bodies of tiny human beings, we dug deep and deeper still to bury our compassion, our mercy’

Infants were taken from their mothers and sold, starved, trafficked, and in some cases denied life itself, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in relation to the Tuam buried babies scandal.

Mother reveals how her baby 'was just left to die' in Cork mother-and-baby home

A woman has revealed how her baby boy "was just left to die" days after he was born in a mother-and-baby home in Co. Cork in 1961.

WATCH: Enda Kenny slam Tuam 'chamber of horrors' as he refuses to commit to widening inquiry

Update 6.25pm: Gardaí say they are in contact with the Galway coroner in relation to the discovery of a significant number of human remains on the site of the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam.

Survivors demand meeting with Taoiseach over deaths in Mother and Baby homes

Survivors of Mother and Baby Homes say they want an urgent meeting with the Taoiseach to make sure they're all included in an upcoming inquiry.

Tuam babies scandal: Terms must be widened for full probe

There has been much comment on the need for the terms of reference for the Mother and Baby Homes Commission to be expanded.

Tuam babies scandal: Evidence may be inadmissible in criminal case

Concern has been expressed that any evidence given to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission is not admissible in any future criminal proceedings.

Tuam babies scandal: This is body identification at ‘an industrial level’

“Uncharted waters” is how one senior garda described the situation facing the authorities in responding to Tuam.

Names of dead infants at Bessborough and Roscrea were given to the HSE in 2011

The names of almost 800 children who died in two of the country’s largest mother and baby homes were given to the HSE by a religious order in 2011.

Coalition of Mother and Baby home Survivors: Up to 7000 babies buried across the country

The Coalition of Mother and Baby home Survivors has claimed that up to 7000 babies could have been buried at 9 mother and baby homes across the country.

Tuam: No evidence of crime, nobody to prosecute

Identifying the remains of young children at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home would be technically very difficult and the prospect of establishing causes of death highly unlikely, according to forensic and Garda sources.

It’s time we joined the dots - Confronting abuse scandals

THIS society is again transfixed by scandal. Last week’s confirmation of a mass grave at the Bon Secours home in Tuam, that closed nearly 60 years ago and the belated acknowledgement that “Grace” had suffered decades of abuse reopened wounds that were no more than partially healed.

Tuam events were facilitated by wider society

While the Catholic Church is at the centre of the scandal, both the State and public at large were also complicit, writes Shane Kilcommins.

Tuam: No evidence of crime, nobody to prosecute

Identifying the remains of young children at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home would be technically very difficult and the prospect of establishing causes of death highly unlikely, according to forensic and Garda sources.

'Inevitable' that Gardaí will be involved in Tuam discovery

The Justice Minister says it's 'inevitable' that Gardaí will be involved in the investigation into the discovery of infant remains in County Galway.

Demanding the truth and answers: ‘Significant quantities’ of child remains confirmed at Tuam site

Excavations at other mother and baby homes are being demanded after the discovery of “significant quantities” of infant remains at Tuam.

Harrowing end to a week of disclosures

FOR generations we have known the Great Famine as the Irish Holocaust. 

Latest: Groups representing families of babies who died in mother and baby homes not informed

Update - 10.15pm: Groups representing the families of babies who died in mother-and-baby homes were not informed that remains have been found at one site.