'988 women' buried in laundry plots across Ireland

Magdalene Laundries
A memorial plaque to victims of the Magdalene Laundries in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Justice for Magdalenes group said it was aware of at least 988 women who are buried in laundry plots in cemeteries across Ireland and therefore must have stayed for life, however, the inquiry could only certify 879.

The last laundry, Sean MacDermott Street in Dublin's north inner city, closed in 1996.

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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.