Wednesday 25 April 2018

Blame State and society for ill treatment of single mothers

Tuam mother and baby home in Co Galway. Photo: PA
Tuam mother and baby home in Co Galway. Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

In the past, unmarried mothers were treated badly - first, by the men who got them pregnant; second, by their parents who threw them out of the house; third, by the State which did not support them; and, finally, by the judicial system which failed to protect their Constitutional rights.

Successive governments turned a blind eye to their incarceration. To my knowledge, no TD spoke out on this issue until the 1990s, when institutions like mother and baby homes were no longer in use.

Such concern is hard to take seriously; it is too late to shed tears for them now, when most of these individuals have passed on.

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