"It's a Sin You Pay For All Your Life"

EXHIBITION : WOMEN IN IRISH SOCIETY

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The treatment of unmarried mothers in Ireland in 1968.

  • Title
    All Our Children
  • 1st Broadcast
    29/11/1968
  • Contributor
    Fedelma Cullen (Young Woman)
    Mark Delaney (Commentator)
    Niall McCarthy (Director)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:50
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    7 Days
  • Clip title
    "It's a Sin You Pay For All Your Life"
  • Extended description

    In this 1968 programme about the treatment of unmarried mothers in Ireland, Fedelma Cullen plays the role of a young woman who becomes pregnant in dramatised sequences while real women recount their experiences in a voiceover.

    One woman remembers how, after a difficult delivery, the father of her child sent the fare home and £9 maintenance. That was all the money she ever got from him. Commentator Mark Delaney outlines what happens in a similar situation in Sweden: a child born out of marriage is placed under the care of the childcare board, who establish fatherhood and inheritance rights. If the father does not pay an agreed monthly maintenance amount, it is stopped from his wages.

    Another woman describes how she decided to go to England, where "nobody looks down their nose at you". She says that in Ireland "it's a sin you pay for all your life".

  • Information

    '7 Days' was a series which reviewed Irish and international current affairs. Each episode was 30 minutes and programmes were a mixture of studio debate and filmed reports.

    'All Our Children' was a specially filmed report looking at the plight of unmarried mothers in Ireland. It was broadcast on 29 November 1968.

  • Local keywords
    Women, Illegitimacy, Equality, Marriage, Unmarried Mothers, Single Parents, Adoption, Pregnancy, Dublin, St Stephen's Green
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1968
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P393/00069
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Stereo
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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