The M&B Home Report is 2,865 pgs long. The survivors need time to digest it.

Historians and academics need time to distil it.

The public needs to understand it.

The work by journalists across all outlets today (and for many years) is helping all that to happen. A thread...
I'd advise people to seek out reports which include first-person evidence and points you to primary sources before reading opinion pieces (they'll have a place later on) and hot-take tweets (of which we're all guilty).

There have been superb pieces written and broadcast today.
I'll just give you a sample of our own work from @thejournal_ie here as a start.

@orlaryan has an overview of what's in the report here:
The report often says that the COI couldn't prove/disprove or find evidence of XYZ. But, in the absence of full co-operation by religious orders or the decent keeping of records, the woman's testimony is often evidence enough.

Compiled by @SeanMJourno
One of the greatest indictments is how little care was taken to record *anything* about a child's death & resting place. For the religious, for which this is usually of the greatest import, to act as such is unforgiveable.That was not 'society' or 'shame'
As a result, we don't know where most of the 9,000 are buried. We can't put their names somewhere special and sacred.

Here's where they lived. And how they died. They aren't just statistics, the whole picture is terrifying and horrifying.
Most of the women in the homes were in their 20s. But there were also teenagers, victims of rape. Their very pregnancies were evidence of crimes committed against them. @GNiAodha reports on how little was done or said
The Taoiseach will give a State apology tomorrow. Some religious orders have issued statements today, but the government also wants them to contribute to a redress scheme. @ronanduffy_ has a really good overview of what was said at today's press conference
There are also some details here from an earlier thread
This won't finish with an apology and redress though. There's a lot more to work through. @ConalThomas examines a specific issue at Bessborough where planning permission has been applied for to build almost 300 apartments
Meanwhile, last weekend's 'leak' still remains a contentious issue which the Taoiseach was asked about today. More from @christinafinn8
We'll have a lot more in the coming hours and days as we get reaction from survivors, analyse the full report and chase down more details of the redress scheme.

Tonight, to start, @michellehtweet looks at the report's chapter on discrimination in homes over race and disability
Keep listening to survivors.

And think about the narrative that we're living in a much different Ireland today.

Are we?
Adding this from @irishexaminer as an example of the types of important journalism I was talking about above.

And another... @Mark_Coughlan's interview with Roderic O'Gorman on @RTE_PrimeTime - worth seeking out when it goes up online.
The Examiner front page also reminded me of this piece of work from a few years ago by @BiddyEarly and @christinafinn8…
Just continuing to add important stuff to this thread. From @farming_indo today - really shows the lifelong impact of the discrimination

Pulling one piece in particular from this by @mgt_donnelly and @moran_ciaran…
"But if everyone is to blame, no one is."

@orlaryan wrapping up a tough day, but not our coverage. A lot more to do.
I want this to not come across trite, but between the M&B report and the Covid-19 death toll, that was a tough day and I hope everyone is ok. If you're not, that's also ok. Just know there's help out there.


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12 Jan
Pertinent questioning of the Taoiseach by @orlaryan who asks 1. what the State will *specifically* be apologising for tomorrow and 2. whether the Church should apologise for its role in the existence and running of these mother and baby homes.
The Taoiseach said the State was complicit and neglectful which led to children not being protected. Instead of thriving, they had reduced chance of survival.

He also noted its direct responsibility for county homes.
Micheál Martin gave a specific example of how the mother superior at Bessborough was not removed from her position in the 40s despite inspector reports highlighting the 'very high death rate'.

That highlights the lack of action, the Taoiseach said.
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11 Jan
In Dec, I was really surprised how the UK struggled to publish vaccination numbers. It was described there as such an 'own goal' because they were actually doing well.

Some details in this piece (which luckily hasn't come to pass):… Image
I mentioned yesterday on @RadioBrendanRTE that I hope we learn from the UK system - its failures and successes - but we are now in our own 'own goal' territory now by not publishing the figures from the first two weeks.

Publication isn't due until Thursday.
On radio, @paulreiddublin has given numbers so we have been told that 35k were done last week. And we know from individual hospitals that there are some good news stories out there.

But the official vacuum is leading to misinformation like this. Image
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21 Aug 20
Well! That was quite the 24-ish hours. We don’t quite know the full ramifications it all yet but it feels important to remember and document everything.

So… a thread:
7pm on 20 August: The Irish Examiner published the story and @aoifegracemoore tweets it out. In my version, she hit send while taking a big gulp of red wine like Olivia in Scandal (before she went bad).

By 8.40pm, political reporters and correspondents are being texted then-Minister Dara Calleary’s apology.
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6 Dec 18
Small thread on the Kerry radiology review - looking at the numbers, as broken down here by @GAodha
The review - the biggest radiology lookback every carried out here - looked atl 46,000 radiology scans. All were examined by ONE consultant radiologist between March 2016 and July 2017. That's 46,000 scans in 15 months. Well over a hundred a day.
Those scans were of 26,754 individual patients.
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