This study reveals the desperate plight of the poor illegitimate, and abused children in an Irish society that claimed to cherish and hold them sacred, but in fact marginalised and ignored them.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Poverty, family dysfunction, and state provision for neglected children -- Cherished equally? "Outdoor" provision for illegitimate children -- Cherished equally? Institutional provision for illegitimate children -- Legislating care and protection : the Carrigan Committee, the age of consent, and adoption -- The abused child? -- Sanctity of child life? Official responses to infanticide -- Desperate act or wilful choice? Infanticide and unwanted children.
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