The voiceless: Abuse of women and their children laid bare in Commission report on Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes

The Sligo Champion

January 23, 2021

By Emma Gallagher

Ireland was described as a ‘cold, harsh place’ for the 56,000 women and 57,000 children in the mother and baby homes, from 1922 to 1998, who suffered serious discrimination, the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Report stated.

The extensive report, almost 3,000 pages in length, covers a 76 year period and gives a harrowing, shameful look into the treatment of these mothers and their babies.

The Commission found that a total of 9,000 children died in the institutions under investigation during that time, most under the age of one, 15% of all the children in the institutions.

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