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Magdalene Laundry Survivors

“I, as Taoiseach, on behalf of this State, the Government and our citizens, deeply regret and apologise unreservedly to all those women for the hurt that was done to them, for any stigma they suffered as a result of the time they spent in the Magdalene laundry.”

So said our Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny, yesterday  with reference to those women who since the 1920s had been committed to those public laundries unwillingly. Some of those women listened as he spoke. They had been waiting many years for such a recognition of their dark hours of labour and unhappiness. The Taoiseach also promised financial settlements for those of the survivors who applied.In his speech the Taoiseach referred to a line from the song Whispering Hope : ""when the dark midnight is over, watch for the breaking of day". This song has become the anthem of the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.

Whispering Hope: (Inspirational duet by Gordon MacRae and Jo Stafford, 1949.)



I had to look that up on Wikipedia. I'd never heard of them. How sad for those women. Sounds like they had a horrible life in those places.
Yes indeed they had. But those were the times that were in it. They were often considered "fallen women" (unmarried and pregnant). The terrible thing is that they were often committed by their own families.