Posts Tagged ‘ Magdalene Laundries ’

First Flight Fest Now History Fest (26 Sept – 9 Oct)


Despite the summer having slipped quietly away, there’s still plenty of festival and cultural activity to be had around the city. Coming up at the end of September is Dublin’s first history festival which promises to be a worthy member of the cultural scene. This is an exciting new initiative from Dublin City Council so any history buffs out there would be advised to check out what’s on offer.

Much of the programme is free of charge but booking will be necessary for most events. Some are simply ‘first come first served’ but it’s as well to check the details. Events have been scheduled for Dublin City Libraries, Dublin Castle (Printworks Venue), City Hall and the Irish Film Institute so check the web site for further information. I’ve certainly got my eye on booking a few events, though deciding which ones to choose will be a tricky task. It’s not often that you get to see the likes of Jung Chang and Simon Schama for free. Continue reading

IHRC calls for redress scheme

Universal links to human rights, sculpture, Dublin

The Irish Human Rights Commission has called on the Government to establish a comprehensive redress scheme for the victims of the Magdalene Laundries. The Commission has said that the Irish State failed in its duty and obligation to protect girls and women present in the Magdalene Laundries, and should introduce a scheme which would provide individual compensation, restitution and rehabilitation.

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Report Says State Was Involved In Magdalene Laundries

MLAfter an 18 month investigation, and a few lengthy delays, a report into the Magdalene Asylums of Ireland has finally been released, and it concluded what most of those involved in the advocacy group ‘Justice For Magdalenes’ already suspected – the State was indeed involved in these industries. It had long been claiming that these were private industries, run by the Church and the Church alone – but the fact of reality is that the Catholic Church essentially was the State. Continue reading