Wednesday 19 September 2018

Maeve O'Rourke: Take this chance, Taoiseach – apologise to each and every one

Maeve O'Rourke

'In the Magdalene Laundry, it was the religion that took over, that imprisoned you. But this is where the Government is hiding: They obviously knew what went on behind those doors . . . they knew that there were women in there.

"And they knew it was a service, a laundry, the 'Magdalene Laundry'. And they must have known. The guards would have known because if any of those girls did try to run away or anything, the nuns got on to them."

What Martin McAleese's report found last week – that the State was "significantly involved" in all aspects of the country's Magdalene Laundries system from 1922 to 1996 – is no surprise to the women who suffered there.

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