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Friday, 8 February 2013

No Apology


The term 'state collusion', for long used in relation to the North's violent conflict, is now reappearing in media discourse only this time the state is the Irish rather than the British one. The Guardian, for example, ran with a headline 'Ireland finally admits state collusion in Magdalene Laundry system.'



A report by Senator Martin McAleese revealed that thousands of women and girls were enslaved in the Magdalene Laundry network which were managed throughout Ireland by religious orders. Taoiseach Enda Kenny while welcoming the report has thus far refused to apologise on behalf of the state. This prompted Claire McGetterick of the Justice For Magdalenes group to say 'frankly their country has failed them again.'



Artane boy's school which just like the Magdalene Laundries was another institution managed by Religious Ordersand where frequent abuse occurred