Analysis: Mother and Baby Home Commission finds responsibility ‘rests mainly with fathers and families’

Church, state and wider society also contributed to ‘dark, difficult and shameful chapter’ of Irish history during which 9,000 babies died, report shows

12th January, 2021
Analysis: Mother and Baby Home Commission finds responsibility ‘rests mainly with fathers and families’
Taoiseach Micheál Martin, right, and Roderic O'Gorman, the Minister for Children, speak to survivors earlier today via video link. Picture: Julien Behal

The most significant finding in the long-awaited 2,865-page report of the Mother and Baby Home Commission is that the responsibility for the harsh treatment of young pregnant women who ended up there “rests mainly with the fathers of their children and their own immediate families”.

There has been an overly simplistic version of the mother and baby homes in recent years, with priests, nuns and religious orders portrayed as the sole cause of...

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