Friday 24 November 2017

It's not anti-Catholic to seek truth about the Magdalenes

Maureen Sullivan, who worked in a Magdalene home, at the Brownshill Dolmen in Co Carlow
Maureen Sullivan, who worked in a Magdalene home, at the Brownshill Dolmen in Co Carlow

DAVID Quinn's article ('Magdalene inquiry must lift veil and uncloak anti-Catholic myths' -- Irish Independent, June 17) accepts that abuses took place but seems to think any investigation of these is anti-Catholic.

Surely the denial of human rights is worthy of a full investigation and should not be debased on the grounds that it was in institutions run by any particular group. In a country that was predominantly Catholic at the time, surely it is no surprise that the majority of actions, good and bad, were carried out by Catholics. I suspect that most institutions that carried out good works in those years would have had a largely Catholic membership.

The assertion that Irish people are misinformed about who founded Magdalene homes or their original purpose seems to me to be totally irrelevant as to whether an investigation should happen or not.

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