The Taoiseach has made a formal state apology to the victims and survivors of Mother and Baby Homes.

Micheál Martin told the Dáil that basic kindness was not shown to vulnerable women by either church or state.

The Taoiseach described the treatment of these women as a flagrant breach of human rights.

He said an apology is not enough and committed to responding to the recommendations of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes’ report.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin made a formal apology on behalf of the state in the last hour: