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Too many were content to see unwed mums and babies suffer

Colum Kenny


Hysteria sustained by church and State forced women into unfit homes, writes Colum Kenny

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Dr Noel Browne

Dr Noel Browne

Dr Noel Browne

We were not all "at it". Not everyone let babies die cruelly in mother and child "homes". Just as we were not all responsible for the reckless behaviour that later broke banks and cost Ireland billions. Blaming society in general is a means of avoiding accountability.

It is wrong for the official report on mother and child "homes" to claim that responsibility for harsh treatment meted out to single mothers and babies "rests mainly with the fathers of the children and their own immediate families". To add simply that institutions of the State and church "supported", "contributed to" or "condoned" that treatment is a cop-out.


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