The invisible protection afforded by a wedding ring

The treatment of Majella Moynihan was atrocious, but in 2019, we still penalise unmarried parents in many subtle ways

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Elaine Byrne

23rd June, 2019

What words are there that could adequately attempt to describe the hurt of Majella Moynihan? I do not have them. This was an Ireland in living memory for most of us. I was five years old when the garda was treated like a criminal for having sex outside of marriage and giving birth to a child outside of wedlock.

The might of institutional authority was brought to bear on the new 21-year-old recruit. Internal Garda...

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