Kenny to issue Magdalene apology - The Irish Times - Tue, Feb 19, 2013
Should be interesting. The best case scenario would seem to be Kenny issuing a full and unambiguous statement, similar to the lauded Cameron bloody Sunday apology. It's been a long time coming.Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to make a full state apology to survivors of the Magdalene laundries today.
At least 20 women who had been in Magdalene laundries will attend the Dáil debate this evening on the McAleese report. They will sit in the public gallery along with family, friends and representatives of advocacy groups which have been fighting their cause.
At 6pm, as that debate begins, the women expect to witness an apology by Mr 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
It's not just fuzzy feelings though, Kenny will also speak about financial compensation, as well as other offers such as education, health care etc to make up for the abuse and pain they suffered.
The question will be how much compensation and to whom. The protest groups are mooting a flat rate of 100k, but there still seems to be questions as to how many people would actually receive such a figure. The state is responsible for moving 25% of the girls into the homes, but it's not unfair to assume that not all girls would have been abused. It seems overkill to give someone who entered the home for less than a year the same amount as someone who was there for 3 years and suffered abuse.
The question of what to do in relation to those who have passed away would also need to be answered.
Big day in the Dail, and for Kenny.