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In the 20th century Magdalene laundries were punitive institutions where young “fallen” women – pregnant and unmarried – endured a daily regime of silence, prayer and hard labour. The last Magdalene laundry closed in 1996. William Murphy/lFlickr

Ireland’s shame: reforming an adoption system marked by secrecy and trauma

The conservative Catholic moral code that underpinned adoption in Ireland penalised vulnerable women and their children. Now a proposed new law seeks to redress the impact of this legacy of shame.
Northern Irish protesters on April 7, 2021, burn the Peace Gate in Belfast, built in the 1990s to separate the city’s warring Protestant and Catholic communities. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland, born of strife 100 years ago, again erupts in political violence

Brexit has reopened an old battle over Northern Irish identity, leading to clashes in the street. Scores have been injured in the troubled UK territory's worst outbreak of violence in decades.
Detail of a collage work by Rosemary Karuga, Untitled, 1998. © Karuga family/Courtesy Red Hill Art Gallery

The importance of remembering Kenyan artist Rosemary Karuga

The first female student at the famous Makerere University art school, Karuga only began an art career when she retired at 60. She ended up showing internationally.
A makeshift memorial to the children buried at the Tuam mother and baby home, whose identification in 2013 led to the mother and baby homes inquiry. Niall Carson/PA

Mother and baby homes inquiry: now reveal the secrets of Ireland’s psychiatric hospitals

Most of those incarcerated in mid-20th century Ireland were held in psychiatric hospitals, which have kept their secrets until today. This must change.

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