TOAISEACH Enda Kenny has promised to deliver a full state apology to the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries before next week's special Dail debate.
He gave the commitment at a meeting in his office with six women who had been in the laundries - with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore also in attendance.
Magdalene Survivors Together founder Steven O'Riordan, who had requested the meeting on the women's behalf, said they were very satisfied with what Mr Kenny had said.
"I think from our own perspective he was very compassionate, he listened to the women. I think it's definitely his intention to issue a state apology for what happened in the Magdalen Laundries for what happened to the women," he said.
The meeting took almost three hours, with Mr Kenny and Mr Gilmore offering more time to the survivors to tell their story if they wanted it.
There is due to be a special Dail debate on Tuesday next week on the Magdalen report by former Senator Martin McAleese. The offical state apology to the 10,000 women who spent time there between 1922 and 1996 is due to be delivered by Mr Kenny either before or on that date.