Tuesday March 31, 2020

Magdalen blame does not end with religious orders

The Church treated the women of the Magdalen Laundries appallingly, but it was aided in doing so by a complicit state apparatus and an uncaring national mindset, writes Tom McGurk.

24th February, 2013
From the Áras down to government departments and five-star hotels, the services of the laundries were used by the great and the good.

As the remnants of Ireland's once-vast Magdalen army of some 30,000 women surged victoriously onto the Dáil plinth last week, it was a moment of immense emotional and historical importance. Framed by the dark building behind and illuminated by the television lights and camera flashes, it resembled a triumphant final scene from a grand opera. The doors were open, the dungeons had been broken down and the prisoners were escaping.

I wonder how many...

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