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Ireland to investigate treatment of unmarried mothers

16 July 2014 Last updated at 23:53 BST

Judge Yvonne Murphy will chair an inquiry into church-run "mother and baby homes" in the Republic of Ireland, the government has announced.

The Commission of Investigation was set up after it emerged almost 800 children had died at a mother and baby home in Tuam, County Galway.

The children were buried in unmarked graves in the grounds of the Bon Secours home for unmarried mothers in Tuam, County Galway, from 1925 to 1961.

It was one of 10 institutions in which about 35,000 unmarried mothers - so-called fallen women - are thought to have been sent.

Fergal Keane reports from Cork.