SURVIVORS of the Magdalene Laundries have told how they feel let down by the report and the State.
Steven Riordan, spokesman for Magdalene Survivors Together, said the women wanted an apology from both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the religious orders involved in the Magdalene Laundries.
Riordan said a compensation scheme should be put in place for the
survivors as they were "denied their constitutional rights".
speaking after meeting with Senator Martin McAleese to get a first look
at the 1,000-plus page report.
"The reality is we forced
women in Irish society to participate in slavery," he said. "The women
never got the opportunities it was said they would get by entering these
institutions. The constitutional rights of these women were completely
Mr Riordan said Mr Kenny's use of the phrase
"sorry they lived in that environment" was pointless. He said the women
and Irish society deserve an apology.
"He was capable of criticising the Catholic Church," he said. "Those comments from Enda Kenny were a cop out."
Maureen O'Sullivan, from Co Carlow, said it was now about the State doing the "right thing".
Ms O'Sullivan said "that was not an apology, we are calling for an apology".
have been campaigning for the last 10 years for an apology from state
and church and a transparent compensation scheme.
orders the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity ran laundries at Drumcondra
and Sean MacDermott Street in Dublin, the Sisters of Mercy in Galway and
Dun Laoghaire, the Religious Sisters of Charity in Donnybrook, Dublin,
and Cork, and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Limerick, Cork,
Waterford and New Ross.
The last laundry, Sean MacDermott Street in Dublin's north inner city, closed in 1996.
for Magdalenes (JFM), an advocacy group, said it is aware of at least
988 women who are buried in laundry plots in cemeteries across Ireland
and therefore must have stayed for life.
The inquiry could only certify 879.