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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.

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Justice Minister: Survivors deserve 'best support'

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said he regretted that the laundries were not investigated until 2011.

I am sorry that the state did not do more and the Government recognises that the women alive today who are still affected by their time in the laundries deserve the best supports that the state can provide.

– Alan Shatter, Justice Minister

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