Republic of Shame

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In Conversation with Katie Hannon

Friday 15 November

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Venue: GPO Witness History Centre, GPO, O’Connell Street


The treatment of unwed mothers has long been a stain on the history of Ireland. Here to shed some new light on the unanswered questions many still have is journalist Caelainn Hogan. Her new book, Republic of Shame (Penguin) examines Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes and the collusion of the Catholic Church with the Irish State to keep these women incarcerated and condemned for the ‘crime’ of having a baby out of wedlock. The book features first person accounts from survivors, nuns, priests, midwives, and members of the public who all have their own story to tell. Join us for an eye-opening event as the author shares her experiences in uncovering all sides of this tragic piece of Irish history with Katie Hannon, presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s Late Debate and author of The Naked Politician (Gill Books).

Caelainn Hogan was born in Dublin in 1988, and grew up a stone’s throw from Ireland’s biggest centre for adoptions. Her journalism has featured in the New York Times Magazine



Caelainn Hogan was born in Dublin in 1988, and grew up a stone’s throw from Ireland’s biggest holding centre for adoptions. Her journalism has featured in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The New Yorker, VICE magazine, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Irish Times and The Dublin Review. Republic of Shame is her first book.

Katie Hannon is the presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s Late Debate. She has worked in RTÉ news and current affairs, as Prime Time Political Correspondent, and this summer has been a regular reporter on RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime. In November 2018, Katie Hannon’s documentary Whistleblower: The Maurice McCabe Story aired on RTÉ One.  At the annual Women in Media Event Katie was named as the recipient of the Mary Cummins Award for Outstanding Journalism at the Women in Media Conference in Ballybunion, Co Kerry in April of 2019. Maurice and Lorraine McCabe were among those to pay tribute to her during the awards.

Since joining Prime Time as a reporter in 2004 she has covered a wide variety of issues including major investigations into banking, failures in child protection, vaccine trials in children’s homes and most notably the Garda whistleblower controversies. She has won the Irish Goods Council Young Journalist of the Year, the John Healy National Print Award as well as the ‘Story of the Year’ in the 2012 GSK Medical Media Awards and 2017 Justice Media Award for television news. She is the author of ‘The Naked Politician’, an account of the reality of life in the trenches of Irish politics, published in 2004.