‘Done to death by father or relatives’: Irish families and infanticide cases, 1922–1950

@article{Rattigan2008DoneTD,
  title={‘Done to death by father or relatives’: Irish families and infanticide cases, 1922–1950},
  author={Cl{\'i}ona Rattigan},
  journal={The History of the Family},
  year={2008},
  volume={13},
  pages={370 - 383}
}
In February 1929 the Bishop of Ossory commented on the fact that in Ireland illegitimate infants were often ‘done to death by father or relatives’ (Irish Catholic, 16 February 1929). There were many instances where family members of unmarried women who gave birth were the sole defendants or co-defendants in infanticide cases in post-independent Ireland. Although illegitimate infants were ‘done to death’ by their fathers in a number of cases that were tried at the Central Criminal Court in… Expand
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