Susan O’Keeffe: The state is still failing mother and baby homes victims

Instead of doubling its efforts to make up for past sins, the state is doubling down to avoid the practical consequences of those acts of cruelty and degradation against thousands of babies

15th April, 2021
Susan O’Keeffe: The state is still failing mother and baby homes victims
Catherine Corless was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Bar of Ireland in 2017 for her work relating to the discovery of the remains of almost 800 children in the Tuam mother and baby home. Picture: Leah Farrell/

Pre-legislative preparation and open discussion with interested parties is a huge breakthrough in the way that legislation is ultimately brought before the Houses of the Oireachtas. It’s impossible to be against such a move, although there may well be a few opponents among the older guard in the upper echelons of permanent government, who believe they are, and will be, the only architects of laws which uphold peace and prosperity in the land.


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