Cover Story: Stolen children

Irish children born to unmarried mothers in the 1950s and 60s were taken without their mothers' consent to be adopted by US families deemed unsuitable by authorities, writes Mike Milotte.

1st September, 2012
The Sacred Heart nuns at Sean Ross Abbey in Co Tipperary.

On March 5, 1996, sixteen and a half years ago this week, a usually soft-spoken but on this occasion clearly outraged Fine Gael TD rose from his seat on the government backbenches to talk about a shameful episode in recent Irish history, an episode that had only just come to light.

"Today's revelation," he began, "that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Irish children born to unmarried mothers were dispatched to the United States for adoption in the 1950s...

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