‘The problem is not that the commission wasn’t aware of the importance of being sensitive to survivors or of properly representing their testimony. The problem is that it seems to have been unable, in practice, to live up to its own undertakings.’

Catriona Crowe: The Commission and the Survivors

number eighty-three | Summer 2021

In the summer issue of the Dublin Review, Catriona Crowe’s ‘The Commission and the Survivors’ looks at the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission, and in particular its sloppy and dismissive handling of survivor testimony. Drawing on new evidence from survivors, she sheds light on the report’s opaque methodology and argues that it could and should have been very different.

Also in the new Dublin Review: Rob Doyle tells the unlikely story of how he became the global voice of Hyundai; Sara Baume weathers the pandemic by making dozens of tiny models of her house and worrying about her teeth; Stephen Phelan writes about the peculiar experience of leading tourists around the bars and restaurants frequented by Ernest Hemingway (a writer he doesn’t greatly love) in Madrid (a city he does greatly love); and short stories by P. Kearney Byrne and Finnegan Shepard.

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