Report on Magdalene Laundries published

Tuesday 05 February 2013 23.09
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Thousands of women were residents of the laundries during the 20th Century (Pic: IFI)
Thousands of women were residents of the laundries during the 20th Century (Pic: IFI)
The 1911 Census figures from the Peacock Lane laundry in Cork
The 1911 Census figures from the Peacock Lane laundry in Cork

The report of the committee investigating State involvement with the Magdalene Laundries between 1922 and 1996 has been published.

Four congregations ran Magdalene Laundries: The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Mercy Sisters, the Sisters of Charity and the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said the report covers a broad range of substantive areas.

These include the routes by which women entered the Magdalene Laundries, inspection of the Magdalene Laundries as workplaces covered by the Factories Acts, financial assistance to the Magdalene Laundries, detailed statistical analysis and much more.

Helplines:

Justice for Magdalenes: Ireland 086-1267544, USA +1 215-589-9329, UK +44 208-346-7479

Irish Survivors Advice & Support Network (UK): +44 207 267 9997 (office hours)

Connect Counselling: Freephone Rep. of Ireland: 1800 477 477,  UK and Northern Ireland: 00800 477 477 77 (Wednesday - Sunday 6pm-10pm. Open 5 February 5.30-midnight) 

Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90 (Open 24 hours)

Audio & Video

Padraic Dolan profiled the laundry on Sean MacDermott Street in Dublin in his radio documentary 'Close the Door'.

Prime Time reports on the continuing struggles for the women of the Magdalene Laundries.