By Shane Harrison
BBC News Dublin Correspondent

Publishedduration45 minutes agoshareSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightPAimage captionThe plight of the mothers and their children became an international news story after the discovery of "significant human remains" on the grounds of a former home in Tuam

A meeting of the Republic of Ireland's cabinet is expected to authorise the publication of a final report by a commission into mother and baby homes on Tuesday.

The institutions were used to house women and girls who became pregnant outside marriage.

They were established across Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Most of the children born there were adopted or spent time in orphanages run mainly by Catholic nuns.

But there were also similar Protestant institutions, such as Bethany Home.

The report is due to be published by mid-afternoon on Tuesday.

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The homes became an international news story in 2017 after significant human remains were found in the grounds of a former home in Tuam, County Galway.

Local historian Catherine Corless found that 796 children had been buried there.