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Irish PM's workhouse apology

The Irish prime minister has made a tearful apology to the thousands of women locked up in Catholic-run workhouses known as Magdalene laundries between 1922 and 1996. Records confirmed 10,012 women spent time in the workhouses across the country.

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Ireland confirms Magdalene laundry compensation

Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that a government compensation fund will be set up for women forced to work in Magdalene laundries.

The president of the Law Reform Commission Judge John Quirke undertake a three-month review and make recommendations on payments to surviving women.

Mr Kenny also outlined plans to provide support, including medical cards, psychological and counselling services to survivors.

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