Magdalene survivor: Kenny 'really did us proud'

As Ireland's Taoiseach offered a state apology to survivors of the Magdalene laundries, twenty women who were locked up of in one the workhouses watched.

Maureen Sullivan, who was 12 when she was sent to a Magdalene laundry when her father died, said Enda Kenny had given survivors their lives back.

"I'm proud now of the leader of our country. I can say that for the first time."

Maureen Sullivan (left) and Kathleen Janette of Madalene Survivors Together
Maureen Sullivan (left) and Kathleen Janette of Magdalene Survivors Together after hearing Taoiseach Enda Kenny's state apology Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

"I was never proud of anything in Ireland until today. He did the whole country proud and we re-wrote history this evening."

"He didn't hold back on anything

"He really did us proud. Now we can go on with our lives and we know that we've got an apology, and he's taken responsibility. It's just fantastic", she added.

Members of Madalene Survivors Together i
Members of Magdalene Survivors Together in Dublin Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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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.