The treatment of unmarried mothers in Ireland in 1968.
- Title All Our Children
- 1st Broadcast 29/11/1968
- ContributorFedelma 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".
'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
- Genre Factual
- Topic Society and Social Issues
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 1968
- Country of production IRELAND
- Original identifier P393/00069
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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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