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Sinn Féin supports Bethany Home Survivors demand for inclusion in Magdalene Laundries investigation

4 July, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has today extended Sinn Féin’s support of the Bethany Home Survivors demand that Justice Minister Alan Shatter extend the remit of the inter-Departmental Committee investigation to allow Senator McAleese examine the Bethany case alongside the Magdalene Laundries.

Deputy McDonald said:

“The previous Government’s decision to exclude the Magdalene Laundries and Bethany Home from the residential institutions redress scheme was deplorable, however Fine Gael and Labour now have a real opportunity to right this wrong.

“Just last week Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh called for an investigation into the deaths of at least 219 children in Bethany Home in Dublin between 1922 and 1949.

“There is a need to investigate the fact that at least 219 children died in the years 1922-49 in Bethany Home in Dublin, and to further acknowledge the state's failure to save the children and especially the remaining survivors from the cruelty perpetrated against them.

“This Government failed to consider amending the 2002 Redress act to give recognition to the children who suffered unnecessary illness, neglect and death, due to indifference, incompetence, sectarianism, complicity of the state.

“Excluding Bethany Home from the work of the Magdalene Laundries inter-Departmental Committee would be yet another affront to the women and children who were so grievously wronged by the States neglect of Bethany Home’s residents.

“Justice Minister Alan Shatter must extend the remit of the inter-Departmental Committee investigation to allow Senator McAleese examine the Bethany case alongside the Magdalene Laundries.” ENDS

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