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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.
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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