DARK, DIFFICULT, SHAMEFUL: Historian Catherine Corless, known for her role in exposing the background of Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland, watches from her Tuam home as Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaks live on the findings of the Commission into the homes, which he said revealed a "dark, difficult and shameful chapter of very recent Irish history". Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy
Established in the 19th and 20th Centuries, the institutions housed women and girls who became pregnant outside marriage.
About 9,000 children died in the 18 institutions under investigation.
The government said the report revealed the country had a "stifling, oppressive and brutally misogynistic culture"……..