Aras welcome for Magdalene Laundry victims
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins said the recognition by the State of its failures in the Magdalene Laundries was due to the "indefatigable efforts" of those incarcerated.
The President welcomed women detained in Magdalene Laundries to Aras an Uachtarain just days after they criticised a multi-million compensation package on offer from the State as part of a redress scheme. President Higgins said the story of the Magdalene women was a tale of a "terrible wrong" and a "failure" to respect the human rights and dignity of around 10,000 women and girls.
"That failure has now been recognised by a State and society who once were willing to look the other way. That recognition was achieved largely due to your own indefatigable efforts and the efforts of those who assisted you in advocacy," he said.