Ireland admits involvement in Catholic laundry slavery

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Ireland has admitted some responsibility for workhouses run by Catholic nuns that once kept thousands of women and teenage girls against their will in unpaid, forced labor.

The apology comes after an expert panel found that Ireland should be legally responsible for the defunct Magdalene Laundries because authorities committed about one-quarter of the 10,012 women to the workhouses from 1922 to 1996, often in response to school truancy or homelessness.

“To those residents who went through the Magdalene Laundries in a variety of ways, 26 percent of the time from state involvement, I am sorry for those people that they lived in that kind of environment,” said Prime Minister Enda Kenny on behalf of the Irish government, according to Reuters.

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  1. The documentary called “Sex in a Cold Climate” gives an extensive account of these abuses. Young mothers had their children confiscated permanently by the Church before they were forced into slave labour. It’s appalling.

  2. “The state apology could pave the way for payments to survivors.”
    Not bloody good enough by half. The disgrace of the Magdalene Convents should be added to a growing indictment against the church and it’s leaders at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Practicing slavery is a crime against humanity after all.

  3. Another example of the foulest religion on earth forcing its own twisted and inhumane moral view on the world.

    The laundries go back earlier than 1922 and the figure is estimated nearer 30,000. The true extent will not be known. When one laundry site was demolished workers found 150+ unmarked graves.

  4. I just can’t bear to watch any of the videos. They just make my heart pound with rage. The smug arrogance of the Church claiming to be the moral leader of us all when they have this and far worse on their hands.

    I suppose I should be thankful that they’ve stopped burning us a the stake.

    Sanctimonious bastards.

  5. Lets not kid ourselves here, what went on was nothing less than state sponsored slavery and abused organised and condoned by the catholic church. If this went on in a South American dictatorship there would be a huge outcry and because it is done by the ratslingers disciples of evil their followers turn a blind eye.

  6. Listening live to kenny the current Taoiseach made me quite angry and I’m not Irish.
    There is to be no apologies and no compensation for these victims of slavery ( and child slavery at that )
    I’ve also listened to lots of stomach turning ‘it wasn’t that bad’,’it’s exaggerated’ coming from the conservative side of Irish media, clearly meant for home consumption.

    If I was Irish I would be demanding that the government cease to have an involvement with the catholic church on matters of state as this case along with the child abusing priests and abortion refusals leading to death show there is a moral vacuum in matters of public protection from religious abuses.

  7. My own grandmother had her 1st daughter out of wedlock(1945 perhaps),and she temporarily moved to Britain to have her,
    then returned to Ireland to then get married to the father(my grandfather).
    The girl was brought up in London by relations at the time.
    Up until around 15 yrs ago,she was always considered my grandaunt,until my own father(who was always suspicious) decided to question it,and low and behold,I had a new aunt.”D’DAAA”
    Still hard to believe the shit that the catholic church put people through in this country.
    They still have a lot of political sway here,and you can be sure(to be sure)(just to prove I’m Oirish)that this shabby apology has something to do with the churches involvement to try and play this shit down.
    I’m fucking sick of it!

  8. In reply to #3 by Vorlund:

    Another example of the foulest religion on earth forcing its own twisted and inhumane moral view on the world.

    The laundries go back earlier than 1922 and the figure is estimated nearer 30,000. The true extent will not be known. When one laundry site was demolished workers found 150+ unmarked graves.

    Second foulest….

  9. Ireland has admitted some responsibility for workhouses run by Catholic nuns that once kept thousands of women and teenage girls against their will in unpaid, forced labor.

    Ok, the State was involved. Kenny should apologise, and pay restitution to the poor women who suffered such abuse, cruelty, and psychological torture at the hands of the nuns.

    But, how does this explain the brutal treatment the women received at the hands of the religious orders?

    If you had asked the nuns, they would had said they were merely doing “the Lord’s work”, dealing with such “fallen” women.

    One only has to read Archbishop John Charles McQuaid’s views on women, society, and of course, sex, to see how this “ethos of Christianity” had infected Irish society in the mid-twentieth century.

    At what point does an overly restrictive, dogmatic, puritanical, and highly misogynistic religion carry the blame?

  10. Am I allowed to say—”Fucking Catholicism” yet? Because I would say that about any other group that committed such crimes and was financially supported by massive swaths of the general public. I would probably call anyone who willingly gave money to such an organization—”a real fucking evil bastard”. Is that ok to say yet? It’s really getting hard not to.

  11. In reply to #10 by Anvil:

    In reply to #4 by Graham1:

    Watch “The Magdalene Sisters” and rage throughout but cheer at the end!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdSmjIvJ8Dc

    Just took two hours out to watch that. Powerful film. Thanks for the link.

    Anvil.

    I raged all the way through and the part that angered me most was when the drunken unthinking lout who’d probably fathered too many to provide for, (as a good catholic) returned his daughter to the laundry after she’d managed to run away and sought help from him.

  12. It’s hard to believe that this forced labour system lasted until the late nineties, four years before the begining of the XXI century! and in Europe! The Irish government and the RCC must be forced to compensate the victims. These RC convents should be called the Irish Gulag.

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