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Irish PM: Magdalene laundries product of harsh Ireland - but no apology

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If you want a good brief account of the history and outrage of the Magdalene laundries, check this BBC report:

Irish PM: Magdalene laundries product of harsh Ireland

and then this other BBC account, based on survivors' accounts, to appreciate that we are talking slavery:

Laundries survivor: We were slaves

For more detail on the Magdalene laundries and for the campaign Justice for Magdalens see:

magdalene laundries.com

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