Friday 19 January 2018

Redress should be for all victims

I endorse Professor James Smith's call for redress for the women incarcerated in Ireland's Magdalene laundries (Irish Independent, March 25).

As a survivor of the Bethany Home, Rathgar, Dublin, I am aware from continuing research that it is in the same category. Bethany is known as a Protestant evangelical maternity home associated with the Church of Ireland, though the church, of which I am member, denies any responsibility for the home itself or what went on there.

Bethany was also a place where women were sent by the courts for crimes ranging from petty theft to birth concealment and infanticide. In addition, as late as 1965, women were incarcerated there "on prison remand". Bethany also took in women characterised as from "the poor prostitute class". In addition the courts sent children to the home.

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