A Woman to Blame. The Kerry Babies Case by Nell McCafferty PDF

By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the beginning and loss of life of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. for that reason she confessed to the homicide, through stabbing, of one other child. the entire clinical proof confirmed that she couldn't have had this moment child. The police however, insisted on charging her and, after the costs have been dropped, persisted to insist that she had given delivery to twins conceived of 2 various males.

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There was a friendly rivalry between her and Guard Moloney, who was a native of Cork city. When the Kerry and Cork teams should meet, Kathleen would shout ‘Up Kerry’ and Liam would shout ‘Up Cork’. Ned was even more passionate. He was secretary of the Abbeydorney branch of the GAA. Besides the football and hurling, he had personally set up a ladies’ football team. His pursuits patterned those of Uncle Maurice, after whom the local football pitch, Fuller Park, had been named, and like his late uncle he joined the Abbeydorney drama group.

The state moved instantly to obtain a court order, which demanded that the parents return to Ireland, with the pregnant child, or face charges and possible imprisonment if they procured an abortion for her outside the jurisdiction. Frightened, they brought their pregnant suicidal daughter home to face her doom. In face of absolute citizen outrage against internment of the child in Ireland, the Supreme Court convened and found that abortion could be allowed when the life of the mother is threatened by suicide.

My reputation . ’ He was assured of discretion. No such discretion was assured to Joanne Hayes, as a succession of professional men, including this married man, came forward to strip her character. The lawyers, doctors and police were guaranteed the full protection and licence of law to do so. The priests who had dealt with her were not called to testify and the Catholic Church stayed silent through the whole affair. However, the Church has ways of making itself heard: when it was all over, the priests of her parish refused to say Mass in her home.

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