One of sad side issues with the Magdalene laundry camps were the apparent collusion by all and sundry. The Gardai appear to have acted as enforcers for the nuns even where there was no criminal/court angle. It appears there were individual gardai that turned a blind eye and gave them a chance to get "the boat to England". Will there be an apology?
Time to finally come clean | Irish Examiner
The senior officer on duty promised that he would “send the car out there straight away”, but then told his subordinates “Ah, we’ll just have a cup of tea first. We’ll let the girls make the boat” to Britain which was due to leave Cork docks shortly.
He says that his father “does recall having to bring girls back” but he regarded himself as being under orders to do so. “He doesn’t talk about it. It bothers him, it bothers him. All he’ll say was that, “Yeah, there were times. And you’d be sent, and you had to go, and you had to find them. And you had to bring them back, and you had to sign them in. You knew you weren’t signing them into anything nice. But that was your job, that was your badge. You had to do it’.”