A group representing Magdalene laundry survivors has welcomed the news that the Taoiseach will meet with them.
The Magdalene Survivors Together group has confirmed that Enda Kenny will hear directly from representatives about their experiences of the laundries next week, but they are still waiting to hear from the Tánaiste.
Survivors sought the meeting, following Mr. Kenny’s failure to offer a full apology to survivors in the Dáil this week, on the publication of the McAleese report.
The report found there was a clear implication of state involvement and assistance in the management of the laundries.
However, it stopped short of confirming that there was actual physical and sexual abuse going on in the institutions.
The Dáil will debate the issue within the next fortnight.
Steven O’Riordan is the head of Magdalene Survivors Together – he says the meeting is a fantastic step towards achieving a full apology:
You can watch Sinn Fein’s reaction to the Taoiseach’s statement below: