Irish Govt apologise to thousands locked up in laundries

The Irish government today apologised to the thousands of women who were locked up in Magdalene laundries - church workhouses for unmarried mothers.

Over 10,000 women were forced to work for nothing in the laundries that ran from 1922 to 1996.

Martha Fairlie reports:

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Apology for workhouse women

The Irish Government has apologised to the thousands of women locked up in Catholic-run workhouses known as Magdalene laundries between 1922 and 1996. Records have confirmed 10,012 women spent time in the workhouses across the country.