Junior Minister apologises to United Nations for Ireland's human rights record

_David Stanton

Junior Justice Minister has apologised to the United Nations for our human rights record.

The Government has been criticised for its lack of progress on investigations into the Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, and other issues.

Minister David Stanton said many of these were legacy issues which Ireland was not proud of.

"A lot of the questions asked refer to chapters in our past," he stated.

"These are legacy, historical issues of which we are not proud. We recognise and apologise for the serious wrongs that were made in the past and where we can, we will try to remedy these wrongs.

"Ireland is now an open, modern and progressive society.

"We are anxious to get things right in our country. Our international reputation is also very important to us."

Felice Gaer, from the UN Committee Against Torture, welcomed the apology.

"Recognising and apologising for these wrongs is often the unfortunate responsibility of people who come after the wrongs," she said.

"We recognise these were historical, they're not present, and it's not always an easy task. I'm very pleased to hear that."

More on this topic

Department of Justice offers redress to women involved in dispute

Just seven women get new Magdalene redress payment

Magdalene women seek minister’s help on redress

'Standing in the company of giants': Woman’s grandson emotional at Magdalene laundries commemoration

More in this Section

Oireachtas committee fails to entice civil servant regards broadband investigation

Varadkar must come clean over spending commitments, says Fianna Fáil

Donald Trump visit 'to happen on June 5 - 7'

Interview delays and discovery of thousands of new files postpones 'Grace' findings until May 2020


Lifestyle

Are these the comfiest knickers ever?

Film-makers at Schull Fastnet Film Festival reveal their favourite movies

The Skin Nerd: Is Kylie Skin set to be a kult klassic or miss the mark?

GameTech: Minecraft now set to take over the real world

More From The Irish Examiner