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The site of the former Magdalene Laundry on Sean MacDermott Street in Dublin. Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Taoiseach expected to apologise to Magdalene survivors

The government is also expected to make specific announcements on a compensation package for the women.

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is expected to make a formal State apology to survivors of Magdalene laundries today during the Dáil debate on the McAleese report.

The Dáil will begin discussing the contents of the report at about 6pm this evening with the apology expected at the beginning of the debate.

Some 20 members if the Magdalene Survivors Together group will attend the debate to hear Enda Kenny’s apology.

Steven O’ Riordan, head of Magdalene Survivors Together, said they are “extremely confident that the Taoiseach will in some way extend the apology to include St Mary’s Training School, Stanhope Street, Dublin and St Mary’s Training Centre, Summerhill, Wexford.”

The Taoiseach was criticised for his intial response to the report with survivors saying they were disappointed he didn’t make an apology as soon as the contents of it became clear. However after meeting with Kenny last week, the women said they thought he was right to wait until he had read it in full and would now be satisfied with a formal apology during the debate.

As well as the State apology, it is expected that the government will make specific announcements on a package of measures to address the report. Magdalene survivors have called for a “fair and transparent” compensation package that includes pensions, healthcare, counselling, housing service and advice.

Related: Call for “fair and transparent” Magdalene compensation package>

Read: Shatter drops strong hint that Taoiseach will apologise to Magdalenes>

Read: FF table Dáil motion to call for formal Magdalene apology>

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