Sinn Féin calls again for Magdelen apology and redress as Taoiseach meets survivors
February 11, 2013
Sinn Féin spokesperson for social protection, Aengus ÓSnodaigh TD, said today that the survivors of the Magdelen Laundries must be given redress for the wrongs done to them.
“The Taoiseach must apologise to these women. His response last week was deeply disappointing. State involvement in the operation of the laundries has already been proven. Senator McAleese’s report reiterates that fact.
“While we would support the forthcoming Fianna Fáil Dáil private members’ motion calling for an apology, we would go further and call for redress too.
“Many of these women are elderly and some are unwell. The time for an apology is now. The women and girls did not voluntarily offer their services and labour, but were young and vulnerable. They were held in institutions, imprisoned and exploited.
“Besides the apology they are due, they must be compensated for lost wages and pension. They should be looked after in terms of their health and housing needs