Republic of shame


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Caelainn Hogan has been talking to the survivors of Ireland's institutions for 'Fallen Women' and to the religious orders that operated them. She has visited the sites of the institutions and studied state documents that have much to reveal about how they operated. The result is a startling and often moving account of how an entire society colluded to operate a sort of gulag for unmarried mothers and their babies.

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[A] furious, necessary book Sinéad Gleeson Achingly powerful ... There will be many people who don't want to read Republic of Shame , for fear it will be too much, too dark, too heavy. Please don't be afraid. Read it. Look it in the eye Irish Times Utterly brilliant. Please read it Marian Keyes Hogan's captivatingly written stories of people who were consigned to what she calls the "shame-industrial complex" puts faces - many old now, and lined with pain - to the clinical data. ... Brilliant Sunday Times [A] searing account of the Church's treatment of women during its period of dominance over Irish society ... It is never less than compelling Irish Independent Republic of Shame is a careful, sensitive and extremely well written book - but it is harrowing. It would break your heart in two Ailbhe Smyth Riveting, immensely insightful and horrifically recognisable Emma Dabiri A must read for everyone Lynn Ruane Compelling ... devastatingly human, [Republic of Shame ] will make you shake with sadness and anger RTÉ Guide A beautifully written and impeccably researched book ... We need more books like this Caitriona Palmer Caelainn's book brings real people to the fore Hot Press A vital and damning portrait of Ireland's mother and baby homes I've laughed, cried & RAGED reading this book Taryn De Vere For anyone interested in understanding modern Ireland. A compelling and beautifully written investigation into institutions for "fallen women" and the culture which facilitated them Siobhán Fenton Caelainn Hogan's harrowing account of the "shame industrial complex" shows how the legacy of Ireland's treatment of "fallen women" remains part of the scenery of modern life Totally Dublin