Minister Flanagan Hopes Magdalene Women Will Attend Honourary Event

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has said that he hopes people will attend a gathering of Magdalene women, organised by the voluntary group 'Dublin Honours Magdalenes', for June 5-6.

Mr Flanagan said his Department has issued invitations to Magdalene women on behalf of Dublin Honours Magdalenes. Minister Flanagan has also agreed to provide financial support for the event and to provide other practical assistance following a meeting with organisers Norah Casey, Dr. Katherine O'Donnell and Claire McGetterick.

Facilitating a gathering of women who had spent time in Magdalene Laundries is one of the recommendations of the Quirke Report, commissioned by the Government.

Minister Flanagan said: "This event in June will be really special – it's an opportunity for the Magdalene women to get together. It's being organised by volunteers but I am delighted to provide financial and practical support. Today we issued invitations to our database of Magdalene women.

"I know the organisers are planning a very warm and dignified gathering and I think it's going to be a celebration of true resilience. So I am looking forward to it and I would simply urge any woman who spent any time in a laundry, who gets an invitation – to come. As I said, I believe it will be a fitting tribute to their strength and it is also part of what both I and this government have committed to doing - honouring the commitments given to the Magdalene women by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny."


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