Redacted Lives

Redacted Lives

Redacted Lives is a six-part documentary series from The Journal that tells the real story of mother and baby homes in Ireland; from what happened within; to how the State continues to deny survivors access to information, proper redress and ownership of their true stories. Finally, they get to speak in their own words, in their own voices. New episode every Thursday for six weeks. Presented by Órla Ryan, produced by Nicky Ryan with executive producer Sinéad O’Carroll. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


October 28, 2022 1 min
Redacted Lives is a six-part documentary series from The Journal that tells the real story of mother and baby homes in Ireland. First episode out November 10.

Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

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Terri, Maria and Mary all passed through mother and baby homes in Ireland - two as mothers and one as a child. They are three of the more than 100,000 people who spent time in these institutions. Their crime? Getting pregnant, or being born, outside marriage. Decades later, their search for answers continues. Episode 2 out next Thursday, 17 November.

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November 16, 2022 32 mins
In 20th century Ireland, the Catholic Church exerted huge control over almost every aspect of people’s lives. Becoming pregnant outside marriage was viewed as one of the most shameful things a person could do. Women and girls who found themselves in this situation were hidden away. Many of their children were, in turn, sent to industrial schools. But how did this system of incarceration come to exist? And why was it allowed to flou...

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November 23, 2022 33 mins
In 1975, two children hiding after being caught robbing apples found a slab of concrete with a crack in it in a Co Galway town. They looked underneath and saw what appeared to be piles of tiny bones. Decades later, their accidental discovery led to a mass grave being uncovered on the grounds of a former mother and baby home in Tuam. But what happens now to the remains they found? And how can family members who believe their loved o...

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November 30, 2022 38 mins
After decades of their stories being swept under the carpet, many survivors felt as though the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was a chance for Irish society to find out what truly happened in these institutions. But it fell far short of offering the closure many so badly needed, and didn’t come to the conclusions that many experts expected, leading people to ask: how?

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December 7, 2022 53 mins
If or when they re-entered society, women sent to mother and baby homes were not expected to talk about what happened to them, let alone attempt to reconnect with their children. Many did, however, with mixed success. Three women share the ups and downs of their searches to find their children. We also hear from adopted people who tried to find their parents and siblings - and the joy and heartbreak that journey can bring.

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December 14, 2022 41 mins
Roderic O’Gorman is the latest minister to be passed what some survivors call a poisoned chalice. He is tasked with addressing the issues caused by Ireland's mother and baby home system - but how much can he achieve while in office? And does he recognise the hurt the Commission’s report caused? In this episode, we put these questions to the minister, and hear again from those we’ve spoken to in the series about their continued figh...

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