Magdalene Laundries survivors 'abandoned', says support group

Magdalene Laundries survivors 'abandoned', says support group

Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries are accusing government ministers of abandoning them by not implementing a reconciliation process.

'Magdalene Survivors Together' say promises made to them by Ministers Alan Shatter and Kathleen Lynch about a "restoration and reconciliation" process were broken.

Fifteen survivors will today meet Dr Martin McAleese as part of his investigation into state interaction with the laundries between the 1970s and 90s.

They say they want Dr McAleese to publish the findings of his investigation to coincide with the first anniversary of the start of the investigation.

The head of Magdalene Survivors Together Steven O'Riordan said the Government had ignored their requests for assistance.

"Minister Shatter and Kathleen Lynch...haven't listened to the survivors," he said.

"We submitted the names of more than 20 survivors' names to Minister Shatter to say they wanted to take part in the proc ess, and he hasn't got back to us, so from our point of view, the women have been completely abandoned."


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