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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Magdalene Laundries

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# Magdalenes
Magdalene survivors criticise 'unacceptable' delay for apology and redress
It is almost a year since a United Nations Committee Against Torture recommended an independent inquiry and redress for former residents of the infamous Magdalene Laundries.
# Human Rights
Calls for governmment reparation for Magdalene Laundries survivors
The issue of reparation for survivors of the Magdalene Laundries was brought to the UN Human Rights Council by the Irish Human Rights Commission and Women’s Human Rights Alliance at a special meeting today.
# Magdalene Laundries
Magdalene survivors call for investigation of more schools
A survivors’ group has said two more schools were used as laundries where young girls were forced to work.
# Abuse
Group calls for State apology to Magdalene laundry survivors
Victims of the laundries should also be compensated for lost earnings over their time there, Justice For Magdalenes said.
# Daily Fix
Daily Fix: Monday
In today’s Fix: a Co Meath nursing home is closed by court order; human remains uncovered in Clare are feared to be those of a missing local man; and singer Sting explains why he won’t cross a “virtual picket-line”.
# Human Rights
Some €847 million paid out to victims of institutional abuse: report
Ireland’s first UPR report has revealed that 13,669 victims of institutional abuse have been compensated – and recommends that a committee to clarify “the state’s interaction” with the Magdalene Laundries be established.
# religious orders
Abuse orders cashed in €667million on property deals
The four religious orders who ran the Magdalene Laundries alone made €296million in ten years.
# Magdalene Laundries
Government agrees to establish a Magdalene Laundries committee
The government pledges to “establish the true facts and circumstances” relating to the laundries – but no apology for now.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Saturday
In the Saturday news Fix: Nuns says they will participate in any Magdalene inquiry; Al Qaeda’s top man in East Africa is dead; the lowdown on The Palin Emails’; and meet Debbie, she really likes cats.
# Magdalene Laundries
Nuns say they will participate in any Magdalene inquiry
The Minister for Justice is expected to act on the recent findings of a UN committee regarding the institutions within the the next two weeks.
# Poll
Poll: Should a statutory inquiry into the Magdalene Laundries be established?
What the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries want first is an apology, and then redress. But do we owe it to ourselves to hold a full inquiry into the State’s role as well?
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
In your Fix for this bank holiday Monday: Aer Lingus pilots’ strike averted; good news from the IMF; Turmoil in Syria; Another Cheryl Cole u-turn; Wayne Rooney’s new hair; and do you feature in our mini-marathon gallery?
# UNCAT
Deep concern expressed by UN at levels of overcrowding in Irish prisons
United Nations Committee against Torture recommends that a mechanism should be astablished to facilitate criminal complaints. It also calls the practice of slopping out “inhumane”.
# Magdalene Laundries
UN Committee against Torture recommends inquiry into Magdalene Laundries
The Justice for Magdalenes group is calling for immediate action by the Government in the wake of the recommendations of the UNCAT report, which says that the State failed the girls and women of the Magdalene Laundries.
# UN
UN committee hears 'vast majority' of women entered Magdalene Laundries voluntarily or with consent
Irish delegate said today that in most cases, allegations made by women about mistreatment at the laundries concern events which happened “a considerable time ago”, and information is limited.