Enda Kenny 'sorry' for state role in Magdalene laundries

An inquiry found that 2,124 of the 10,012 women who were detained in Catholic-run workhouses known as Magdalene laundries were sent by the authorities.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed his sympathies with survivors and the families of those who have died.

To those residents who went into the Magdalene laundries from a variety of ways, 26% from state involvement, I'm sorry for those people that they lived in that kind of environment.

– Taoiseach Enda Kenny

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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.