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#state files

# state-files - Saturday 4 March, 2017

Mother and baby homes believed to give Irish women 'every chance of keeping their secret'

A report into ‘destitute Irish girls’ investigated the problem of unmarried pregnant women travelling to England.

# state-files - Thursday 1 January, 2015

# state-files - Wednesday 31 December, 2014

Taoiseach's office had to confirm that 'Éire' would NOT be removed from Irish stamps in 1982

Questions were asked whether An Post should be given an “entirely free hand” in the designing of stamps.

# state-files - Sunday 28 December, 2014

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s

There was one problem… Japan also wanted to.

# state-files - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Number of maternity homes a difficulty for mother and baby inquiry

The Commission have been asked to include a wide range of institutions within their scope of their inquiry.

# state-files - Monday 14 July, 2014

This 1940s letter describes the 'decent class' of unmarried mothers who were 'first offenders'

The letter details how one hospital was struggling to find foster mothers for children.

Death rate of babies at Tuam mother and baby home was double the rate of other homes

The returns from local authorities, disqualifying Dublin, shows that 17% of babies under the age of one died in registered maternity homes that year.

# state-files - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Here’s a list of maternity homes in Ireland in 1947

Under the Maternity Homes Act 1934 every local authority in Ireland had to register the maternity homes in the county with the Department of Health.

# state-files - Thursday 12 June, 2014

Department of Health says it will return state files to National Archive

The records are there for anybody who wants to view them – unless there are personal details involved.

State files removed from National Archive following mother and baby home revelations Exclusive

Over 40 other state documents recalled by the Department of Health have yet to be returned.