Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has said that the women of the Magdalene Laundries are owed a full apology following the publication of a report last week confirming State involvement in the institutions.
The Donegal Deputy was speaking ahead of a Dáil debate this week on a Fianna Fáil motion calling on the Taoiseach to issue a full and unqualified apology to the Magdalene survivors on behalf of the State.
“The report published last week confirms details of a dark chapter of recent Irish history. There is no denying the fact that the treatment of these women by society and by the State was wrong. The report published last week confirms a significant level of State involvement in the Magdalene Laundries and I believe that the women are owed a full and unqualified apology for that,” Deputy McConalogue said.
In addition to the call for an apology, the Fianna Fáil motion calls for establishment of a dedicated unit within the Department of Justice to co-ordinate the State’s response to the McAleese report on the Magdalene Laundries. This includes all forms of redress for the survivors.