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Human rights group seeks Magdalene laundry inquiry

Human rights campaigners yesterday demanded an Irish state inquiry into the so-called Magdalene laundries and a compensation scheme for survivors.

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) also called on the attorney general to consider its new report on the treatment of women and children who worked in the laundries which were run by religious orders.

The report concluded that the women, and sometimes girls as young as 13, were subject to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Survivors were omitted from the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme based on the argument there was no state responsibility for the laundries.

However, the IHRC stated yesterday there was clear involvement by the Irish government because many entered these institutions following a court process.

While the Irish government acknowledged the report, it added a more fully balanced view of the facts would be possible had the relevant departments been asked to contribute.

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