Sunday 4 December 2016

It's time we learnt the truth about Magdalene Laundries

Published 05/07/2014 | 02:30

A young woman lays flowers at the Justice for Magdalenes second annual Flowers for Magdalenes event at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins
A young woman lays flowers at the Justice for Magdalenes second annual Flowers for Magdalenes event at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins

THE Irish Human Rights Commission has made an unequivocal recommendation that the Magdalene Laundries should be included within the scope of the Commission of Inquiry into abuse of unmarried mothers and their babies. Amnesty International, Adoption Rights Alliance, Justice for Magdalenes Research and the National Women's Council of Ireland have made similar calls. The UN Committee against Torture has been requesting a follow-up investigation into the Magdalene Laundries for the past two years.

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Why, when we've already had the McAleese Report?

Because the McAleese Committee did not investigate fully, or make findings or recommendations in relation to, abuse and maltreatment in the Magdalene Laundries.

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