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

By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the start and dying of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. as a consequence she confessed to the homicide, by way of stabbing, of one other child. all the clinical facts confirmed that she couldn't have had this moment child. The police however, insisted on charging her and, after the fees have been dropped, persevered to insist that she had given delivery to twins conceived of 2 assorted males.

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He cried because nobody had ever loved him like that. ‘I ain’t never been. Loved. I just can’t hardly stand it’ – and he began to blubber ‘feel like I been shot’, pulling her into his arms . . Before the Kerry babies, we were all, in one way or another, damaged cowboys – taking unloving bites out of each other, usually in the name of self-proclaimed holy men, who effectively abolished God and imposed their wretched man- made rules upon our behaviour, aided and abetted by the men of law and medicine and the Dáil.

It had taken all that time to travel a couple of hundred yards. The guards notified the man’s parents, who had long ago accepted his death. They left the disposal of the bones to the police. The guards, following established practice, gave the foot a Catholic burial in Cahirciveen cemetery. The limb is held to be an essential part of the whole, and, where the trunk of a body is missing, the limb serves as the symbolic remains. This theological problem of what exactly constitutes a human body, and a human being, had convulsed Kerry and Ireland in the year 1982–83, when the country had considered amending its Constitution to ensure that abortion would be outlawed for all time.

It had taken all that time to travel a couple of hundred yards. The guards notified the man’s parents, who had long ago accepted his death. They left the disposal of the bones to the police. The guards, following established practice, gave the foot a Catholic burial in Cahirciveen cemetery. The limb is held to be an essential part of the whole, and, where the trunk of a body is missing, the limb serves as the symbolic remains. This theological problem of what exactly constitutes a human body, and a human being, had convulsed Kerry and Ireland in the year 1982–83, when the country had considered amending its Constitution to ensure that abortion would be outlawed for all time.

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