THE FOUR CONGREGATIONS of nuns who ran the country’s notorious Magdalene laundries have said they are willing to participate in any inquiry into what went on at the institutions.
The nuns said they were willing to participate in any inquiry that will bring greater clarity, understanding, healing, and justice in the interests of all the women involved, reports RTÉ.
It follows last Monday’s findings by the UN Committee against Torture (UNCAT) that recommended an independent inquiry should be conducted.
The committee expressed grave concerns “at the failure of the State to protect girls and women who were involuntarily confined between 1922 and 1996 in the Magdalene Laundries”.
The four congregations – the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Religious Sisters Charity, the Sisters of Mercy and the Good Shepherd Sisters – said that the issue was a “sad, complex and dark story of Irish society that extends over 150 years.”
The Justice for Magdalenes campaign is seeking a formal apology and immediate action on the recommendations of the UN report.
The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is expected to bring his recommendations on what should be done to the government within the next two weeks.
The Department of Justice previously told UNCAT that the vast majority of women who entered the Magdalene Laundries did so voluntarily or with consent.