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Appeal to fund hotel stays for large-scale gathering of Magdalene survivors

Justice for Magdalenes Research is calling on the government to help organise the event.
Flowers hang on the gates of the site of the former Magdalene Laundry in Donnybrook.

Flowers hang on the gates of the site of the former Magdalene Laundry in Donnybrook.
Image: Sam Boal

A CAMPAIGN GROUP set up to support survivors of the Magdalene Laundries is appealing for help funding a two-day event in Dublin later this year.

Justice for Magdalenes Research plans to bring together around 200 women who spent time in the laundries at the Mansion House on 5 and 6 June this year.

The group is also calling on the government to help bring the survivors together.

“The Department of Justice is the only organisation which has the details of the women, but to date they have ignored our pleas to help bring them together by contacting them on our behalf,” Katherine O’Donnell of JFMR said
“Time is of the essence here as these women are getting older.

“In his redress report in 2013 Mr Justice Quirke recommended that a gathering takes place before more of the women die.

We are simply asking the Department, which holds all of the contact details, to invite them on our behalf.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Míchéal MacDonncha, a Sinn Féin councillor, announced at a meeting of Dublin City Council last night that he would hold the event for the women at the Mansion House.

The Council’s Central Area Committee has agreed to contribute towards the cost of the two-day event.

JFMR said the women would discuss how they’d like their experiences are to be officially remembered at the two-day event.

“These women don’t have any more time to wait,” Maeve O’Rourke of JFMR said.
“One of the reasons for this important gathering in June is for the women to start a conversation on memorialising what was a dark chapter in Irish history and in their lives.

“In his State apology to the women in 2013, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny promised that the government would establish a memorial following discussions with the women, but this hasn’t happened yet five years later.”

Businesswoman Norah Casey, who is an ambassador for the event, said it now needed lots of further support.

“In practical terms we need to fund two nights for the estimated 200 women who will attend,” Casey said.
That involves hotel accommodation, a dinner with entertainment on the night of 5 June, and time and space for the women to talk and discuss how they would like to be commemorated on the sixth. has contacted the Department of Justice for comment. In a statement to RTÉ the department said it had not been notified of the event by the Lord Mayor’s office or by Dublin City Council but that assistance would be ”offered if requested”.

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Comment by Elizabeth Nicholas on March 7, 2018 at 12:45

Hello Barbie,   surely this meeting should be funded by caranua these women are survivors just like the rest of us I bet caranua is aware of this and is hoping the funding will be coming from the public.

Comment by jack colleton on March 7, 2018 at 13:56

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Comment by Barbie on March 7, 2018 at 18:20

you are so right! However, Caranua does not want to fund any survivors they are like Scrooge in the movie/story of Oliver Twist.

Comment by Barbie on March 8, 2018 at 13:08

I believe the Magdalene Laundry women will be gathering at the mansion House Dublin around the 5 -6 June, you might want to contact the group to confirm this 

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