The Taoiseach has stopped short of issuing a full apology to the women detained in Magdalene laundries.
in the Dáil this afternoon, Enda Kenny said he was sorry that the
stigma of being in the laundries was not removed, sorry that people
lived in the environment and sorry that it took until July 2011 to
instigate the McAleese committee report.
The report, which will
be published at 4pm today, found clear evidence of state involvement in
the religious-run workhouses but says there was a legal basis for the
Senator McAleese's report finds that more than a
quarter of 10,000 women who entered the laundries were referred there
by the state.
The Taoiseach said people needed to read the
report, which he said painted a picture of a harsh, uncompromising and
authoritarian Ireland from the 1920s to the 1950s.
But Enda Kenny did not offer a full apology as many survivors had called for.
stigma that the branding together of the residents in the Magdalene
laundries needs to be removed and should have been removed long before
this," he said.
"I'm sorry that never happened and I'm sorry that people lived in that kind of environment."
Laundries survivor Mary Smith said the "soul-destroying" laundries were
"worse than any prison...I'll go to my grave with this pain."
called on the Government and religious orders should acknowledge the
wrong that was done to the women and "the scars that will never go