The Leap of Faith, Jan 15th, 2021

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The shrine and garden on a mass burial site which was formerly part of the Bon Secours Mother and Baby home in Tuam. Photo – Getty

On the programme tonight, we’re joined by three people directly and indirectly affected by the publication of the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes this week. Limerick writer and Poet Mary Coll shares her poem ‘Laundry‘ that recounts her mother’s experience in Castlepollard. Journalist Alison O’Reilly reacts to the report and recalls her time interviewing survivors and their families before breaking the story of the Tuam Babies scandal in 2014. Mari Steed, born in Bessborough in Cork also gives her views on the report and tells of her adoption to the United States and her efforts, often officially thwarted, to trace her birth mother.

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