A former garda, who has spoken out about how she was treated after becoming pregnant in the 1980s, says she has not received a personal apology.

Both Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan issued statements apologising to Majella Moynihan since her story was broadcast on the RTÉ Documentary on One on Saturday.

However, Ms Moynihan told RTÉ News that she had not been contacted directly, by either the commissioner or the minister.

"I was happy with the apology, but I feel that the apology should have come to me first, a personal apology," she said.

Ms Moynihan said she feels very hurt that she had not been approached.

"I've heard from nobody," she said, adding: "I strongly believe and I strongly feel that both of those people should have come to me first."


She is now seeking a meeting with the Garda Commissioner.

"It is of vital importance that I meet Commissioner Harris and that he meets me, and he apologises to me, and he also gives me a written apology. Yes I would be happy and content with that," she said.

Commissioner Harris issued an apology on Saturday night, saying he "fully apologised" for the manner in which Ms Moynihan was treated and the "subsequent lifelong impact this has had on her".

In a statement, Minister Flanagan said he echoed the apology of the Garda Commissioner.

He said that Ms Moynihan "faced an appalling ordeal at a time in Ireland that was sadly too often characterised by stigma and intolerance" and that what happened to her was "clearly wrong on every level".

The former garda, who left the force in 1998, said she was "overwhelmed" by the response to the documentary, which aired on Saturday afternoon.

"The response has just been phenomenal for me. I knew it was a big story, but I didn't think it would get the coverage it has got. I'm overjoyed," she told RTÉ.

Ms Moynihan described the relief she now feels after telling her story after 34 years.

"I kept it secret for so many years, because I had so much shame, and now it's no longer my story of shame, it's their shame. And I feel so vindicated," she said.

Ms Moynihan added that she always felt within that she had to tell her story, "not only for me, but for other women".

"I'm so grateful that I had the courage, and I just hope that it will empower other women, that have been through similar situations to come out and tell their story," she said.