From the newly published leaflet Remember, Respect and Record: The Magdalene Women of Galway COPE Galway has launched a leaflet called Remember, Respect and Record: The Magdalen Women of Galway edited by John Tierney. It focuses on the lives of women who lived and worked in a Magdelene Laundry on Foster Street in Galway from […]

From top: The former ‘Gloucester Street’ Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1; Gary Gannon Today marks the 21st anniversary of the closure of Ireland’s last remaining Magdalene Laundry. The building that was once known to generations of Dubliners as ‘The Gloucester Street laundry’ ceased its operations on October 25th, 1996, with 40 women, the […]

  Doubts have emerged on whether Magdalene women who have previously received compensation because they resided in industrial schools or other institutions will qualify for further payment under the new scheme. The president of the Law Reform Commission, Mr Justice John Quirke (above) is to recommend criteria to be applied when assessing provision in terms […]

Martin McAleese with the report into the Magdalene Laundries, published yesterday.   The mandate of the Committee (Ch 2 para 8) was to find out facts regarding State involvement in Magdalene Laundries. The report shows this involvement to be extensive and to occur through the criminal justice system (ch 9), industrial and reformatory schools (ch […]

From top: Rachael English; Minister for Children, Disabilty, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman in the Dail at the Convention Centre yesterday This morning. RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland. Following last night’s vote on a bill that seals records from the Mother and Baby Home Commission for 30 years, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman spoke to […]

Atlas of Lost Rooms. An interactive 3D reconstruction by architecture students at Queen’s University of the now partially demolished Sean MacDermott St Laundry in Dublin, the last of the Magdalene Laundries to close, in 1996. This is the site today. Via Queen’s Architecture: Several buildings on the site, notably all those connected to the industrial laundry […]

Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman introducing his bill to the Seanad yesterday seal the archive of  Mother and Baby Homes Commission for 30 years (except for a database on mothers and children detained in 11 institutions which it wants to give to TUSLA) This afternoon. Breeda Murphy, PRO of the The […]