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Former Minister for Justice must make statement on Majella Moynihan case – Mary Lou McDonald TD

18 June, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has called on former Minister for Justice Michael Noonan to make a statement on the Majella Moynihan case.

Ms Moynihan said on Monday that she spoke with Mr Noonan ten years ago, and he said her case represented an “internal Garda matter”

Ms McDonald also called on the Taoiseach to apologise to Ms Moynihan on behalf of the State and for an investigation to establish all facts surrounding this and similar cases.

Speaking in the Dáil she said:

“I was moved and saddened listening to Majella’s story this week. Those of us who grew up during that time were transported back to an Ireland of oppression and misogyny where women were vilified, isolated and damaged at the hands of church and State.

“I welcome the apology from the Garda Commissioner and the current Minister for Justice Flanagan. I would now call on the Taoiseach to formally apologise to Ms Moynihan on behalf of the State.

“There is an onus now to establish the full facts. We have heard anecdotal evidence that this was not an isolated case. More women have come forward to tell their stories. They should be heard and an investigation should take place.

“There is also a need to hear from former Minister for Justice Michael Noonan. Ms Moynihan states that she spoke with the Minister ten years ago who said that her case was an ‘internal matter’. 

"Mr Flanagan needs to clarify these remarks and make a statement. The Taoiseach should facilitate this at the earliest opportunity."

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