BBC News NI Dublin correspondent Shane Harrison visited the Bon Secours home in County Galway and spoke to one man who has written two books about his forced separation from his mother. 23 June 2014
When an inquiry into the Tuam home was announced, the Irish prime minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny said babies of unmarried parents had been treated as “an inferior sub-species” for decades.
It is believed nearly 800 children died at what was once a mother and baby home run by nuns in Tuam, County Galway.
‘I was abused by nuns for a decade’
Theresa Tolmie-McGrane says she was abused from the age of six at a Catholic-run orphanage in Lanark in the 1960s and 1970s.
She describes more than a decade of physical, sexual and mental abuse at Smyllum Park Orphanage.
A BBC investigation has uncovered new evidence that more than 400 children who died at Smyllum are now thought to be buried in a mass grave in a nearby cemetery.
Produced by Judy Fladmark, filmed by Emily France and edited by Joshua Hollis.
File on 4: The Secrets of Smyllum Park was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 24 September 2017 at 17:00 BST.
‘Vulnerable children : Vulnerable adults’ – a vicious cycle (circle); be it religious vice or public order