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Irish PM issues full apology to church laundry victims

Published on Feb 20, 2013 6:03 AM
Relatives of victims of the Magdalene Laundries hold a candle-lit vigil in solidarity with Justice for Magdalene Survivors and their families outside Leinster House, Dublin,Ireland, Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013. The women expect to witness an apology by the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on behalf of the people of Ireland for ignoring them and their treatment at the 10 laundries in the Republic between 1922 and 1996. -- PHOTO : AP

DUBLIN (AFP) - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny issued a full apology on Tuesday to the thousands of women who suffered in church-run laundries, two weeks after stopping short of doing so.

A report published a fortnight ago investigating the involvement of the Irish state in the Magdalene laundries found that more than a quarter of the 10,000 women sent to the institutions were sent there by the state.

Two weeks on, Mr Kenny said in the Dail lower house that he wanted the government and parliament to have that time to study the report properly and reflect on its findings.

"What we address today is how you took this country's terrible 'secret' and made it your own," an emotional Mr Kenny said of the victims.

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