“The fruits of these women’s labours were often a lucrative source of income for the religious orders running the institutions, both figuratively and literally.

In many cases, prior to adoption, babies were used as test subjects by pharmaceutical companies who were trialling new vaccines.

It can go without saying that these trials were carried out without the consent of the mother, whose incarceration in these homes robbed them of so many basic human rights.”


Prime Time: Mother And Baby Homes, RTE 1 9.35pm