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McDonald calls on Government to publish Magdalene Laundries committee terms of Reference

5 July, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has this evening called on the Minister for Justice to publish the Magdalene Laundries inter-Departmental Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Sinn Féin welcomes the appointment of Senator Martin McAleese as Chair of the Magdalene Laundries Committee. However of equal importance to an appropriate Chair are the Committees Terms of Reference.

“Minister Shatter must publish the Magdalene Laundries inter-Departmental Committee’s Terms of Reference as a matter of urgency. For far too long the State has knowingly presided over a monumental injustice against the women and children incarcerated in the Magdalene Laundries.

“These women and their families deserve an apology and they deserve redress. Fine Gael and Labour have it within their power to quickly and unreservedly right this wrong.

“I want to also reiterate Sinn Féin’s demand that Minister Alan Shatter extend the remit of the inter-Departmental Committee investigation to allow Senator McAleese examine the Bethany case alongside the Magdalene Laundries.”

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