The movie “Philomena“ was nominated for a number of Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay. While the story of this individual case was so memorably told by Martin Sixsmith, reporting on the much broader system that facilitated many similar cases, has been provided by Conall Ó’Fátharta over many years. We spoke to Conall about his work, dealing with both the religious orders and the Irish State, which has been a genuine public service. In the era or fake news and tabloid click bait, Conall’s work in this area shows what journalism can achieve when it’s at it’s best.
Conall is a Senior Reporter with the Irish Examiner national newspaper and you can find much of his reporting on this topic here. Some other organisations that are active in this area, include the Adoption Rights Alliance, the Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors and Irish First Mothers.