Watched "Magdalene Sisters" some months ago. Had a couple of questions, and could not find anyone who knows the answer yet. (Of course I realize any movie may well deviate from the truth)
- According to the movie, women clearly above 16 would be held involuntarily. What was the legal basis for that?
- A possibly more tricky one... As some inmates would eventually gain freedom and move to the UK, surely a good Northern journalist could get his hands on the information. And there were more than enough forces in the North who would gladly publish anything dirty about RC actions in Ireland. In fact, this kind of stuff could be turned against the somewhat hippy-style strand of Republicans in the 70s and onwards - "there's your freedom". A potent Unionist propaganda weapon - which apparently failed to materialize. Why? What prevented the Belfast Telegraph and the like from launching the "PR" attack that, eventually, came in the 90s?