Taoiseach expresses regret over Magdalene laundries

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that he is sorry that more than 10,000 Irish women were kept in so-called Magdalene laundries between 1922 and 1996.

5th February, 2013
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the Dáil today.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that he is sorry that more than 10,000 Irish women were kept in so-called Magdalene laundries between 1922 and 1996.

An inquiry chaired by Senator Martin McAleese found that 10,012 women spent time in the workhouses run by various religious orders during that period, with 2,124 of those detained sent by state authorities.

"To those resident who went into the Magdalene laundries from a variety of ways, 26 per cent from...

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