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Mike Milotte is a prominent print and television journalist. After almost 20 years as a senior reporter/presenter with Irish Television's Prime Time programme, where he won numerous awards for his documentaries, Mike went freelance in 2009. His two-part programme, Freefall, which tells the story of Ireland's economic and financial collapse, won the 2010 Irish Film & Television Award for best documentary in current affairs. In 2012 he published a greatly expanded and updated version of his bestselling 1997 book, Banished Babies: The Secret History of Ireland's Baby Export Business, which meticulously exposes the scandal surrounding the dispatch of thousands of 'illegitimate' Irish children to the USA for adoption. Mike lives in London.


An astonishing story, meticulously told - and an excellent piece of journalism.

* An Phoblacht *

This book would make your blood boil...one of the finest pieces of journalism this reader has come across for many a day. The author, Mike Milotte, has done his profession proud.

-- Padraig O'Morain * The Irish Times *

A brilliant expose of the shabby history of sectarian cruelty to unmarried women who became pregnant in Ireland in the 1950s.

-- Susan McKay * Sunday Tribune *

Milotte's work has been of immense importance in the opening up of adoption stories in Ireland.

-- Dr Valerie O'Brien & Dr Sahana Mitra * Research on Adoption in Ireland *

A salutary story, too long untold, and another nail in the coffin of Dev's mythical mystical Ireland.

* The Big Issue *

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