Removing Those Stubborn Stains



Martin McAleese presenting his report into the Magdalene Laundries in February

It’s not washing.

From Saturday’s Irish Examiner:

Questions surround a section of the McAleese Report which states it asked the Ryan Commission to contact seven women mentioned in the Ryan Report who were in Magdalene Laundries.
Chapter 19 of the McAleese Report outlines how it asked the Ryan Commission to write to the women it spoke to and inform them of the McAleese committee and its work.
This was done as it was not possible for the Ryan Commission (CICA) to clarify to the McAleese committee what sections of the chapter referred to Magdalene Laundries, rather than other institutions because of legal issues.
However, minutes of a meeting of the McAleese Committee on June 26, 2012, obtained under Freedom of Information, which deal directly with its interaction with the Ryan Commission, completely contradict this claim.
In the minutes, it is stated that it was agreed with the Ryan Commission that it would not contact any of the women.

…The McAleese report ultimately concluded that it could not determine if any of the women’s experiences cited in the Ryan Report actually related to the 10 Magdalene Laundries within its scope.


Lest we forget.

Questions over section of McAleese Report (Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner)


The McAleese Report: ‘Incomplete And Not Independent’

Omission To Prey

Lost In The Wash

McAleese Report: A Conclusion

 (Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

11 thoughts on “Removing Those Stubborn Stains

  1. bisted

    ‘..Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’….John 15:13 apparently…but I’m sure Mary could supply the exact reference should Martin need it.
    I believe Martin McAleese was a fundementally decent person until he agreed to take one for the church. He has quickly disappeared to a cocoon where he is unlikely to experience any criticism or challenge but ignominy will follow him.

    1. realPolithicks

      What a bunch of crap. If this guy “took one for the team’ as you put it then he is an ahole. He was supposed to conduct an investigation into the conduct in the Magdalene laundries, instead he appears to have whitewashed the affair in order to cover up for religious orders. In my book that makes him a disgrace!

  2. Helen

    mcaleese report is a disgrace – they should never allowed him to do the job – he’s a practicing Catholic.

    1. cluster

      If we can’t rely on practicing Catholics being able to separate private faith and professional/public integrity, then we are goosed. There is a very high proportion of practicing Catholics in Ireland.

      1. Helen

        ah – there isn’t. Catholicism is a dying thing in ireland – and europe for that matter. There’s a load of competent non-believers in this country that could have investigated the slavery under the Magdalen System. McAleese is a well known supporter of the Church, as is his wife.

        1. jungleman

          He was clearly seen as a Church sympathiser and so was perfect for the job. A “safe pair of hands” as they say. Sure wasn’t his wife a guest in the Gregorian University during the time he carried out the report.

    1. Limey Tank

      Well, as a catholic, god forgives if one is truly sorry.

      What would be his penance if he confessed.

      “Father, I whitwashed a report into the Magdalen Laundries to reduce the culpability of the Irish State and the Vatican.”
      “Very well, my son, a couple of hail marys should do you”

    2. SOMK

      Don’t know about that, didn’t the paedophilia enabler formerly known as Pope Palpatine, not write to the Amercian bishops in his earlier role as God’s Rottweiller to remind them that cannon law should take precedence over national laws? I.e In a round about way incite them to lie.

      “I think, to permit the speaking of falsehood when it is the only means we can think of to prevent someone from committing an immoral act.” (from not the bible granted but I think a fair representation of the Catholic doctrine all the same) In the case of a practising Catholic what could be a more immoral act than casting an even darker shadow over a wilting Irish church, dooming a greater part of the country to eternal damnation?

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