ASSESSING THE MOTHER AND BABIES HOME REPORT

The huge, 2,800-page mother and baby homes report was published last month. It revealed, in great detail, an Ireland in which unmarried mothers and their children were harshly treated.


How much of the blame belongs to the Catholic Church, to society, to the State? To which extent were attitudes then a product of economic circumstances? Were mother and baby homes a particularly Irish or Catholic phenomenon? What was happening in other countries at the time? Did anyone try a different approach?


These are some of the questions the editor of The Irish Catholic, Michael Kelly, puts to David Quinn and Breda O’Brien in this recorded debate.


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