Ireland’s shame: reforming an adoption system marked by secrecy and trauma

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


For the greater part of the 20th century Ireland was marked by a culture of shame that separated thousands of women from their children, many of whom were forcibly given up for adoption. The trauma inflicted by these separations was compounded by legal barriers that prevented adopted people from accessing information about themselves.

Period14 May 2021

Media contributions


Media contributions


  • shame
  • adoption
  • Mother and Baby Homes
  • Ireland
  • institutionalisation
  • gender