Redress for Magdalene survivors overdue
Published 25/03/2010 | 05:00
Does Brian Cowen believe that women deserved the treatment they endured in the nation's Magdalene laundries? Does he really think there is nothing to apologise for? Or, does he simply not care?
Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) -- a survivor advocacy group -- questions Mr Cowen's political leadership on this issue. Nine months have elapsed since we first circulated draft language toward a distinct redress scheme. We also called for an official apology.
Later today, our group will meet with the Health Minister. We will ask Mary Harney to acknowledge the policy whereby women giving birth to a second "illegitimate" child in a state licensed mother-and-baby home were transferred to the laundries.