Tragedies won't end until we stop judging single mothers
Over 30 years after Ann Lovett gave birth and died along with her baby son on a cold January day in a graveyard in Longford, 29 years after the status of illegitimacy was removed in Ireland, and over 40 years after the 'unmarried mothers allowance' - now the 'one-parent family payment' - was introduced, we still have young women giving birth in secret and abandoning their tiny newborns.
Exactly a year ago, baby Maria was found on a roadside in west Dublin. Thankfully, she survived and has just celebrated her first birthday with her foster parents.
On Wednesday of last week, the body of a newborn baby girl was found in a recycling plant in Bray, Co Wicklow.