A Sinn Féin motion calling on the Government to provide redress for survivors of the Magdalene laundries has been defeated in the Dáil by 75 votes to 43.

Fine Gael's Dinny McGinley said the motion was premature as it came ahead of a report by Senator Martin McAleese on the issue, which is due to be completed before the end of the year.

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald said that the women involved in the Magdelene laundries were due a full apology, compensation, and pension rights.

She said the motion did not require the Government to pre-empt the findings of the report.