Fianna Fáil Seanad Group Leader, Senator Catherine Ardagh has said that any plans by Dublin City Council to sell the last remaining Magdalene Laundry should be stalled and a memorial erected to the women who worked in the laundry on the site.
The proposal to sell the building on Sean MacDermott St, Dublin 1 to a Japanese based hotel chain was revealed earlier this month.
Commenting on the matter, Senator Ardagh said, “The McAleese Report on the Magdalene Laundries disclosed the clear and undisputed facts of an exceptionally dark chapter in this country’s history.
“The grim details of the disturbing experiences endured by hundreds of women resident in the former ‘Gloucester Street’ Magdalene Laundry were an integral part of this inquiry.
“The gross unfairness of the indefinite incarceration in the laundry marked a grave breach of the human rights and dignity of the women working in the inner city laundry for over one hundred years.
“In 2015, the Government committed to fully implement all of the recommendations made by Mr. Justice Quirke in his Magdalen Commission Report.
“A suitable memorial including a monument and museum on this site to honour and commemorate the victims was one of Justice Quirke’s recommendations, yet this fact has been blatantly ignored by those in Dublin City Council.
“It goes without saying that the Government is yet to act on fulfilling its promise to survivors, the families of victims and representative groups.
The Senator concluded, “Any attempt to deny Ireland’s past by selling this site without ensuring a permanent memorial to what happened there would be an insult to the long suffering of so many women that worked in the laundry on Sean MacDermott St, to their families and their loved ones.”