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Delay in Magdalene Laundries report deplorable – McDonald

23 January, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has today described the on-going delay in concluding the inter-Departmental Committee report into the Magdalene Laundries as “deplorable” and called on the Minister for Justice and Equality to make a public statement on the matter.

Deputy McDonald said:

“The inter-Departmental Committee report has been delayed on three separate occasions over a seven month period. Despite the Justice Minister’s commitment just two weeks ago that he expected to receive the report within ten days, the Taoiseach was unable to give a firm commitment as to when the report would be concluded.

“Every delay deepens the distress of the surviving women. These women, many of whom are unwell and elderly, have been let down at every turn by the state. This reality makes the Government’s failure to ensure the completion of the report in the promised timeframe all the more reprehensible. Alan Shatter has failed to adequately resource Senator McAleese’s work, and the Taoiseach acknowledged this in the Dáil this morning when he referred to the Senator’s small staff.

“Minister for Justice Alan Shatter needs to urgently make public the actual date he will have the report on his desk and perhaps most crucially the date on which the report will be made public so that the Government can move speedily towards an apology and redress which is so long overdue to the women of the Magdalene Laundries.”

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