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State and religious orders must apologise to survivors of Magdalene Laundries – O’Brien

11 June, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice Jonathan O’Brien has reiterated his party’s call on the State and the Religious orders to apologise to the survivors of Magdalene Laundries.

Deputy O’Brien was welcoming the cooperation of the four religious congregations which ran these laundries with an inquiry as recommended by the UN Committee Against Torture.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“The priority here must be an apology, both from the religious orders concerned and from the State.

“While I welcome the cooperation of the four congregations it is deeply disappointing that their statement did not contain such an apology.

“Many of the survivors of these institutions are elderly women who have lived their lives in the shadow of their time in Magdalene Laundries. They deserve an apology. An apology costs no money but yet is worth so much to these women.

“I back the calls of the Justice for Magdalenes group for an apology, reparations and access to records. It is the least that these brave women deserve.”

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