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Cllr Holland calls on Catholic Church to support Magdalene Survivors

12 January, 2016 - by Sarah Holland

Mayor of South County Dublin, Cllr Sarah Holland, has publicly called on the Catholic Church in Ireland to support the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby homes.

The Mayor has invited the survivors and forced adoptees to address councillors twice in recent months, and survivor Cllr Francis Timmons has brought two motions before the council.

The full council meeting on Monday included a motion by Cllr Timmons asking that the terms of reference of the Mother and Baby Homes be expanded to include all those affected by forced mother and baby separation, and that legal and emotional support be provided for the victims.

Speaking on the motion, Cllr Holland said

“I call on the Catholic bishops of Ireland to announce from the pulpits that the Magdalene women did nothing wrong, and that there is no shame in them coming forward to tell their stories to the Mother and Baby Homes Investigation.”

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Holland said

“Many of the women who were imprisoned in the Magdalene laundries and had their children taken from them are growing old and frail.

They still have faith in the institutions which bound them, and confirmation and support from the Church would encourage them to come forward and tell their stories.

We all need to hear what happened to these women, and hard as it is for them to share, we need to examine this dark period in our history and make sure that these women and the children that were stolen from them get justice before it is too late.”

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