Mother-and-baby homes report 'an important first step'

First Minister Arlene Foster has said a report into mother-and-baby homes and Magdalene Laundries in NI is "an important first step towards a full understanding of what happened to thousands of women and their children in our recent past".

The Stormont-commissioned research was carried out by Queen's University and Ulster University.

Mrs Foster thanked those women and their children who contributed to the research.

It examined whether a public inquiry should be held into the homes.

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