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
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)
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
The former ‘Gloucester Street’ Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1
In the Dublin Inquirer.
Cónal Thomas writes:
Leaving Mullet’s Bar on Amiens Street one night in the late 1970s, Betty and Tony Dunleavy strolled home to their small flat. It was shortly after 12:30am.
Rounding the corner of Buckingham Street onto Sean McDermott Street, the young couple passed the looming red-brick structure on their left, the Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, behind which the Magdalene laundry stood.
“On our way home, we’d always pass the convent,” says the now 69-year-old Tony, sat at the small kitchen table in his house on Champion’s Avenue, recalling the night that he and his late wife heard a cry in the dark.
Caught in the barbed wire wrapped around the convent’s front gate, a woman was trying to escape. As the couple passed by, she called for help.
The Dunleavys answered.
READ IN FULL: How one young couple helped women escape from the last Magdalene laundry (Cónal Thomas, The Dublin Inquirer)
Previously: The Last Laundry