Fallen Island February 5, 2013Posted by Oireachtas Retort in Uncategorized.
Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries can be read here.
Not sure what to make of it. A feast of statistics and pie-charts sees these women reduced to numbers for the second time but horror & disbelief still lurk in the background. One interesting trend looks as if the laundries were predominately penal – however loosely you want define a crime – for the first few decades but became something very different from around the 60s onward. Officially at least.
As women’s public visibility increased (ever incrementally), so widened the grounds for ending up inside a laundry. A solution to a number of perceived problems. At the least somewhere these issues could be swept away.
There appears to a huge amount of records missing. In many cases the committee was unable to access how many women passed through these places and in others we find far far too many holes in how they got there.
Despite the breakdown of geography, family background (parents) and others, the searches I have done so far have returned no result for the word class.
The Taoiseach’s response today left mouths open both in tone and content. None of this landed on his desk this morning and to deliver it in the usual adversarial manner of leaders questions is well…
I remember clearly publication of the Murphy Report and Brian Cowen’s mealy mouth. Where Cowen never showed any intention of moving beyond leader of his Party, Kenny regardless of execution has made an attempt to step into his office. His failure to deviate from type today however left me shaking my head and now that interaction with the State is further soured exactly when it was required.
Much more to sift through though based on Kenny & Shatter we’re only left to speculate if a decision has been made to tough this one out. Further collusion between Church and State with both opting not to make more trouble for each other. Women, children and poor caught in middle, as always.