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McDonald supports call for enquiry and redress for the Magdalene women

6 June, 2011

Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, today (Monday) welcomed the recommendations of the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) which called for an independent investigation into the Magdalene laundries and for redress for the women who suffered abuse and imprisonment in the institutions.

“As a woman, as a TD and as a member of Sinn Féin, I welcome the conclusions and support the demands of the Justice for the Magdelenes advocacy group. I am calling on the government to act immediately on the UNCAT recommendations, to formally apologise to the survivors of the horror of the Magdelene laundries and to establish a statutory enquiry into these abuses,” she said.

“I note from the reports that the government claimed that women went into the laundries “voluntarily”, an allegation which was refuted by the chairperson of the UN committee last month.

“This attitude highlights the continuing degrading treatment that survivors are suffering today because of the government's ongoing failure to apologise, investigate and compensate for the abuse,” she added.

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