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PIC: Enda Kenny meets Magdalene survivors in Dáil gallery

The Taoiseach stepped out of this evening’s Dáil debates to pop upstairs and greet the survivors.

ENDA KENNY made a rare trip to the Dáil’s public gallery to meet the Magdalene survivors after issuing a historic state apology to them this evening.

While Dáil statements on the State’s role in the Laundries continued below, the Taoiseach mounted the stairs to the public gallery, where dozens of survivors were watching proceedings.

The Taoiseach’s arrival caused a bit of a stir in the gallery, prompting calls from the acting chairman Tom Hayes to the onlookers in the gallery not to interrupt proceedings.

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, who was speaking at the time, said she was happy to overrule the chair – and told the women in the gallery to “work away” as they met the Taoiseach after the landmark apology he had delivered 90 minutes earlier.

VIDEO: Enda Kenny issues formal State apology to Magdalene survivors

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