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Full story of the Magdalene Laundries must be told - McDonald

6 March, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald paid tribute to the resilience of the women who were incarcerated in the Magdalene laundries and highlighted the insufficiency of the McAleese Report in bringing the full truth of the travesty to light. 

Speaking in Glasnevin cemetery today, Deputy McDonald said:

“We mark as a matter of the respect the passing of the women incarcerated in the Magdalene laundries who are buried here. We have seen a triumph of human courage, of dignity of women who were disrespected in such a base, relentless and vicious way.

“We have met over the course of years the consequences of the hardship, of the abuse, of the neglect of these women, all of which was overseen by the state. The buck stops with the state.

“There is an issue around the McAleese Report, around the Commission of Investigation, around the story that has not yet been told. We are still waiting to hear the full story of the Magdalene laundries and the Mother and Baby Homes north and south, east and west. There is a lot of work that needs to be done. 

“We have to reconcile and confront the realities of what the state did. But the instincts of the state is to play down the significance of what happened. That’s not good enough. What we need is the truth.”

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