Magdalene girls sent by parents
Madam – After reading the shocking headline "Faceless nuns shame the God they profess to serve" on Emer O'Kelly's article (Sunday Independent, July 21, 2013), I decided to do some research on the Magdalene Laundries and it was evident to the dogs in the street that Magdalene Laundries were not holiday camps or boarding schools. Yet knowing this parents marched their daughters into the institutions and seemed well rid of them. If I had been placed in a Magdalene Laundry my anger would definitely be directed at the parents who abandoned me in my time of distress. I would feeI betrayed by them and would carry the hurt to the grave. It's also a well known fact that some families gathered in support of a daughter pregnant outside of wedlock. The girl's mother took on the role of mother to her grandchild and the baby believed its biological mother to be its sister.
The laundries were a product of a different age. It's a bit disingenuous to come seeking money from those who didn't close the doors in the faces of those women. If the purpose of the laundries was to generate money then those in charge would not have staffed them with angry and rejected women.
The Sisters of Mercy have given an amazing contribution to this country pulling it up by its boot strings. If they were still a young visible group would they be the object of Ms O'Kelly's vitriolic attack.