Truth and Testimony: Ireland’s Carceral Institutions

Date 29 Apr 2022

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Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, a foremost expert in the history of childhood in Ireland, argues that our national story remains incomplete until we recognise our institutional history. Calling for a survivor/person-centred approach, she reflects on the importance of testimony in piecing together an understanding of Ireland’s Carceral Institutions.


Image: The former Tuam Workhouse, which became the Tuam Mother and Baby Institution, Galway. Photograph: Tuam Home Graveyard Committee/PA Wire. Colourised by and courtesy of Professor John Breslin.