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Sinn Féin to mark International Women’s Day with “Flowers for Magdalenes” event

1 March, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

In the run-up to International Women’s Day this year, Sinn Féin will hold an event to remember the women of the Magdalene Laundries.

The event ‘Flowers for Magdalenes’ is being run by Sinn Féin in conjunction with the Justice for Magdalenes group and will take place this Sunday 4 March at 2pm at Glasnevin Cemetary.

Speaking in advance of the event the Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald said:

“We have chosen to mark this year’s International Women’s Day by remembering the women of the Magdalene Laundries at the place where many of them are buried, Glasnevin Cemetary.

“Sometimes we think of these women as a single unit, but they were sisters, daughters, mothers and friends. They were real women with individual, personal and sometimes very tragic stories.

“Flowers for Magdalenes aims to remember each and every woman who passed through the Magdalene Laundries in this sad and shameful period of our recent history.

“The group will gather outside the cemetery gates at 2pm where a representative from Justice for Magdalenes will speak. We will then go into the graveyard and lay flowers at each grave and memorial to the Magdalene women.

“We are asking everyone to bring flowers to the event – each flower represents one woman – Flowers for Magdalenes.”

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