First Ladies


Yesterday afternoon.

Áras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park

Magdalene Survivors, with family members attend a special reception hosted by President Higgins and Sabina Higgins for women who worked in the Magdalene Laundries, as part of the Dublin Honours Magdalenes event. organised by businesswoman Norah Casey (pic 7 centre)

Some 220 survivors of the Magdalene Laundries from Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia were brought together for the first time

The reception was followed by a gala dinner at the Mansion House in Dublin last night.

Dublin Honours Magdalenes


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21 thoughts on “First Ladies

  1. Ina

    The Church still hasn’t paid up the full amount of the very small sum it was supposed to pay over. The women were promised special medical cards and many still have not got them.

    1. postmanpat

      The state & church accepted equal liability but the church is strapped for cash apparently. There needs to be public pressure for the state to start seizing church property. I’m okay with the state holding off on the medical cards until the church stops arsing about.

      1. The Old Boy

        The church need only arse about for another handful of years and the great bulk of the survivors will sadly be dead. The church knows this and is utilising delaying tactics in the most cynical manner to take the impetus out of it. The state holding out on medical cards is not going to concern the church in the slightest.

    2. trev

      And these women still will not see justice
      I found it quite vile
      No one except the taxpayer has faced sanction,
      The church should of been stripped of every asset they held for the crimes they committed
      And the state still complicit in protecting it
      When the show is all over the busses gone nothing has changed

  2. Viola

    It was great to see the crowd that turned out, welcoming, cheering and clapping these brave ladies yesterday on their arrival. A most humbling occasion.

  3. The Old Boy

    How can they possibly claim to be “honouring” them? Compensate them promptly and properly from the ample funds and assets of the organisations that inflicted such unimaginable misery upon them, then they might be able to start talking about honour.

  4. realPolithicks

    I heard one of these ladies talking this morning about how she finally felt accepted and free to talk about her experience in a laundry during the sixties. It brought a tear to my eye.

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