All about dignity

first_imgEmail Print AS YOUNG women, the Magdalens were stripped of their freedom, their dignity and even their names. They lost parents, children, siblings. Many of them were barely past childhood and some were still children but they were forced to endure a punishing regime of hard physical labour, verbal and physical punishments that could only be described as abuse and many had no idea when, or if, this living hell would open and release them.The vast majority were paid nothing for their work. And the McAleese report has revealed that the state had a hand in condemning about one-quarter of these women to this fate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While they were incarcerated in the laundries, they learned plenty about how to remove filth from dirty linen and how to iron and mend. But they got no other education or training and girls as young as twelve left their schoolbooks behind them forever when the doors of the laundry closed behind them.Some spent all their lives in these grim places but those who got out no doubt found there was no reward waiting for women who had no skills that would earn them anything other than minimum pay, if that.Having endured all that, the majority of the survivors are now elderly and are again reliant on the state to pay them a pension, often non-contributory and barely enough to exist. Certainly, not an amount that will give them choices about how to spend their golden years.In contrast, the civil servants who had a hand in condemning them to the laundries and a subsequent lifetime of nightmare memories retired on gilt-edged pensions that are more than enough to pay for golf club memberships and sun-drenched holidays.Certainly, the Magdalene women need an apology. But before even more of them end their days without some comforts, they need to be promptly and properly compensated.Above: A tombstone memorial to Magdalene laundry workers from the Good Shepherd Convent in Limerick. NewsLocal NewsAll about dignityBy admin – February 7, 2013 402 Twitter Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Previous articleFather on trial for sexual assault of family membersNext article“Opportunistic” Limerick woman alleges payoff for silence adminlast_img read more

Further deferral on sale of Cecil Street site

first_imgPrint The property on Cecil Street which was at the centre of a debate at Monday’s council meeting.Photo: Cian ReinhardtFORMER Mayor James Collins has compared a move by Limerick City and County Council to further delay a decision to sell three council-owned properties to that of a “dictatorship”.The disposal of 36 Cecil Street to Tait House Community Enterprise, along with a proposal for a second site at Galvone Industrial Estate to the community development co-operative were this week deferred for a fourth time since July.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The site at 36 Cecil Street is currently home to The Gaff — an artist-led, community-focused facility in the heart of the city.The disposal of another site at Galvone Industrial Estate to Limerick City Build was also further postponed at this Monday’s council.Mayor Michael Sheahan told council members that the items were to be deferred so the Council could look at all “possibilities”.“This will give the executive more time to discuss it and report back to the Metropolitan District,” the Fine Gael politician explained.Fianna Fáil councillor James Collins insisted on being allowed to discuss the items at Monday’s meeting and pointed out that the item had been proposed and seconded.“You are trying to silence us. You won’t even allow us speak on the matter,” Cllr Collins fumed.“It has been moved back to the Metropolitan District with a commitment from the executive to look at all possibilities,” Mayor Sheahan replied.“There are members here from The Gaff in the public gallery who want to know what’s happening,” Cllr Collins concluded. Email Facebook Advertisement NewsBusinessCommunityPoliticsFurther deferral on sale of Cecil Street siteBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2019 490 center_img WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Previous articleChild waiting list a ‘thundering disgrace’Next articleLimerick Post Show | Not Around Us Campaign Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more