Magdalen Laundries Revisited.

H/t B&W

Will Ireland apologize to the Magdalenes?

July 5th, 2011

The ten Magdalene laundries were for-profit businesses where women and girls were incarcerated against their will and forced to do unpaid physical labor.

The horror of Ireland’s Magdalene laundries

June 8th, 2011

Ireland locked up more of its citizens than anywhere else in the world – not in prisons, but in psychiatric hospitals, Magdalene laundries and industrial schools.

UN Committee Against Torture reports on Magdalenes

June 7th, 2011

Says Irish govt should set up statutory investigation into allegations of torture and degrading treatment against women committed to Magdalene Laundries.


Women politicians urged to support Magdalenes

June 3rd, 2011

One Department of Justice official said most women entered the laundries voluntarily. Srsly!


Ireland’s disappeared

May 30th, 2011

Magdalenes? What Magdalenes?

…it was Ireland’s hidden scandal: an estimated 30,000 women were sent to church-run laundries, where they were abused and worked for years with no pay. Their offense, in the eyes of society, was to break the strict sexual rules of Catholic Ireland, having children outside wedlock.

Their “offense” – but it wasn’t a mere offense, was it, it was a crime. We know this because of what the passage says: the women were imprisoned for years. They got the kind of sentence a convicted murderer gets. They were locked up, for years, and abused and worked for no pay. That’s an extremely harsh prison sentence – for having children outside marriage.

Until recently, the Catholic Church was

… Read the rest


Justice for Magdalenes takes its case to the UN

May 30th, 2011

Ireland has failed to investigate a 70+-year system of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of women and girls in the Magdalene laundries.


I’ve been a follower of B&W since 2005 and a commenter since 2006, which is a very long time. (Take note KS & GC et al??) I have learned a tremendous amount from Ophelia Benson, its editor, who has been giving me tutoring classes in English exams (Irish curriculum) for many years. Most of my Goldenbridge contemporaries cannot read or write and I consider myself lucky to be able to express myself, albeit sometimes in a negative manner. However – the good definitely outweighs the bad.
I am fiercely protective of those with literacy problems and will not stand by and allow the educated classes to mock and point out bad spellings of those who’ve not had their advantages in life. Most Magdalen Laundry survivors and industrial school survivors are very ashamed of their lack of writing and reading skills and a lot of them have been trying so hard to overcome their inadequacies throughout the years. So please do spare a thought for them.
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