“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”  So wrote Bruce Springsteen last week, explaining his decision to cancel his...
It was all true. Every word. 796 babies, dumped in a septic tank in Tuam. Last Friday, the Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation announced it has found “significant amounts of human remains” in what was a disused sewage...
The Irish State knew at least four years ago of a historic child-trafficking scheme. In August, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald referred the matter to the Gardai. The woman who alerted her has heard nothing since, writes Donal O'Keeffe. I wrote...
If you have a young daughter, you need to watch RTÉ's Prime Time report on the HPV vaccine, writes Donal O'Keeffe. It might just save her life. In 1998, the internationally respected medical journal The Lancet published a paper by...
In life and in death, babies who died at Bessborough were considered disposable, and to be born in the Cork mother and baby home in the early 1940s was akin to a death sentence.   Just over a year ago, I...
As archaeologists excavate the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site where 796 children are believed to be buried, questions remain unanswered, writes Donal O'Keeffe. Last Monday was the first day of the test excavation of the former site of the...
Whether he meant to or not, presidential candidate Peter Casey should not be forgiven for the racial hate he stirred up in the bloodpot of human hearts, writes Donal O’Keeffe. A retired public servant said to me: “D’you know something, I’d...

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Under the green gaze of John Mandeville, a red-faced man roars at a pregnant woman that she is a murderer. In the Square in Mitchelstown, on the Sunday evening before the referendum vote, a middle-aged man exits a pub and...
"I don't think anybody in RTÉ really cares about children or what children want," Bosco tells Donal O'Keeffe. One of my earliest memories is of being five and in a very bad mood. My mother, trying to cheer me up,...
‘Little Nellie of Holy God’, Cork’s unofficial patron saint, was four and a half years old when she died in 1908. Her short life was marked by severe pain and extreme religious devotion. Her knowledge of Catholic doctrine and...

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