From top: Gary Gannon; The former Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1
Dublin City Council Social Democrats led by Councillor Gary Gannon have secured agreement on the development of “a multipurpose site of conscience” at the former Magdalene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street.
Cllr Gannon said:
“During my last term as a City Councillor, Dublin City Council stopped the sale of the last surviving Magdalene Laundry in State ownership…
I am immensely proud to say that as part of the Dublin Agreement, which will be Council policy for the next five years, we have secured an agreement on the development of a multipurpose site of conscience…
Work has already begun in listening to the views of survivors, their families and women’s groups to develop plans for the site that recognise the social, cultural and personal history that it symbolises.
“This opportunity allows us to repurpose this building into a physical space where future generations can touch the walls and know that what occurred in these institutions were not exaggerated.”
Previously: Gary Gannon: The Last Laundry
An RTÉ News report by Sharon Ní Bheoláin on the last remaining magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1.
It followed the decision made last week by Dublin City Council to preserve the site based on a motion put forward by Social Democrats Cllr Gary Gannon, for Dublin’s North Inner City, to stop the sale of the site to a Japanese hotel chain.
In response, Mr Gannon tweeted:
Previously: A Constant Reminder
Sean McDermott Street, Dublin
The last remaining Magldaelne Laundry site of its kind still in State ownership.
Dublin city councillors voted yesterday evening to block the sale of the Magdalene Laundry to an hotel chain
Earlier: A Constant Reminder
Protesters, including Mary Smith (above) who was in the Magdalene Laundry in Sundays Well in Cork, demonstrate outside City Hall last night as Dublin City Council decided whether to sell the last laundry premises.
City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Following a vote last night at Dublin City Council o preserve the site of the last Magdalene Laundry, Social Democrat Councillor Gary Gannon, who campaigned against the sale of the site to an hotel chain, said:
I’m delighted that my fellow councillors supported my motion to block the sale of the Magdalene Laundry site at Sean McDermott Street. This Laundry is a site of national historical importance and its sale to the Tokyo Inn hotel chain would have been an act of cultural vandalism.
Tonight’s decision paves the way for the preservation of the site as a place of remembrance and learning.
There is now a responsibility on government to listen to the views of elected representatives, survivors and their families, and develop plans for the site that recognise and value the social, cultural and personal history that it symbolises.
This building provides us an opportunity to create a physical space where future generations can touch the walls and know that what occurred in these institutions were not exaggerated.”
Last night: A Victory For Women And Survivors
At Dublin City Council.
A scheduled vote on a motion from Social Democrat councillor Gary Gannon – to stop the sale of the magdalene laundry site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin to a Japanese hotel chain – never took place as the council ran out of time.
The motion will be back on the agenda on Thursday, September 13.
A petition in support of the motion has gained more than 10,000 signatures.
It can be signed here.
Vote on Magdalene Laundry sale adjourned by Dublin council (Breakingnews.ie)
Ahead of a vote this evening at Dublin City Council to either preserve the site of the last Magdalene Laundry or approve its sell it to an hotel chain.
More as we get it.
Previously: Save The Site
The former ‘Gloucester Street’ Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1; motion to go before Dublin City Council on Monday night
On Monday evening.
The above motion from Social Democrat Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon – calling for the planned sale of the Magdalene Laundry site on Sean McDermott Street to a Japanese hotel chain to be stopped – will go before the council.
A petition in support of this motion has been signed by more than 8,000 people so far.
It can be signed here
Previously: Save The Site
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Kate O’Neill, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:
The archbishop [Diarmuid Martin] said the suggestion that the pontiff would visit a former Magdalene laundry during his visit was just speculation.
“The question of all victims will be looked at. There are victims of institutions, survivors of abuse by priests, Magdalene laundries, the mother and baby homes, we are looking at all of those,” he said.
Pope protesters decried as ‘spoilsports’ (Kate O’Neill, The Times Ireland edition)
At the Belvedere Youth Club, at 41 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1, at 7pm.
Social Democrats Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon will be hosting a public meeting about the future of the former magdalene laundry site on Seán McDermott Street.
“We’ve had a huge level of interest in our public meeting on the Magdalene Laundry site on Sean McDermott St. So much so that we now need to source some extra seats for the Belvedere Youth Club who are hosting the event. Any help/ recommendations appreciated…”
Previously: The Last Laundry