• Some 56,000 unmarried mothers and 57,000 children went to ‘hellish’ Mother and Baby homes in Ireland
  • Commission of Investigation found that 15 percent of the children died between 1922 and 1998
  • Report pointed the blame at families and fathers who turned their backs on the unmarried, pregnant women
  • The very high mortality rates were known to local and national authorities and were officially recorded
  • Many of the women were forced to seek refuge in the homes for fear of the their families and neighbours discovering their pregnancies