(Image – Marianvale: former mother and baby home outside Newry)
In August 2019, QUOTE Hub member Sean O’Connell and Leanne McCormick (of Ulster University) submitted a research report on the history of mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries in Northern Ireland. The other members of the research team were Olivia Dee and John Privilege. The report draws on an extensive number of oral testimonies as well as archival research. The report is now to be evaluated by an Inter-departmental Working Group set up by the Department of Health. The group is chaired by Peter McBride. Further updates on publication of the report and plans to feature some of the testimonies on a dedicated website will be announced here.