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

Donegal Youth Councillors to hold first meeting with new Mayor

first_imgNews Facebook Previous articleHSE – no plans to close more beds at St Joseph’sNext articleMan to be sentenced today for Killing Donegal journalist News Highland Facebook Google+ Donegal Youth Councillors will meet with new Donegal County Council Mayor Ian McGarvey today in the County House in Lifford.The Youth Council will be seeking Mayor McGarvey’s support for a number of initiatives they are working on in 2013, including a youth mental health roadshow later this year, where they plan to run events for over 1000 young people from all over the county in 5 different locations.Donegal Youth Council Co-ordinator Martin Keeney says the youth council is enjoying good support from the full council and they want to ensure that continues:[podcast][/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – July 2, 2013 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Donegal Youth Councillors to hold first meeting with new Mayor 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more