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Government should support ‘Dublin Honours Magdalenes’ event – Denise Mitchell TD

6 March, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Denise Mitchell TD, has called on the Government to assist in organising the ‘Dublin Honour’s Magdalenes’ event planned for June.

Speaking today, Deputy Mitchell said:

“The Justice for Magdalenes Research Group (JFMR) are helping to organise this two-day event which aims to bring survivors together to fulfil two recommendations from Justice Quirke’s Magdalene Redress Scheme: to provide support to women and to allow for discussion on how their experiences should be officially remembered.

“JFMR are asking the Department of Justice to invite 800 living survivors, whose contact details they hold, to the two-day event. Unfortunately it appears their requests have been ignored. 

"It has been five years since Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivered a State apology to the Magdalene women for the suffering inflicted on them.

"In that apology the Taoiseach promised that the Government would establish a memorial following discussion and interaction with survivors. However, that has still not happened.

“It is in this context that this event is being organised. I urge the Department of Justice and the Government to do all it can to support this initiative."

Deputy Mitchell welcomed the support pledged to the event by Dublin Ard-Mhéara, Mícheál Mac Donncha, who has announced that he will host the women at the Mansion House. 

She added:

“The Government should also now commit to undertake an independent implementation audit of the Quirke Report recommendations and deliver on outstanding commitments within an agreed time frame.

"It is totally unfair that five years on from the State apology, many of these women are still being failed by the State.”

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