State must Apologise for its role in the Magdalene Laundries- Ellis

‘State must apologise’; LAUNDRIES

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27 September 2012

The Daily Mirror

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SINN Fein TD Dessie Ellis last night urged the Government to apologise for its role in the Magdalene Laundries.

He made his comments during a Private Members debate on a motion seeking justice for the survivors.

Deputy Ellis said: “It would be convenient for us to shift the blame to the Church and the Order who carried out these acts but the State who funded them is guilty also.

“Silence, inaction, apathy and collaboration are not deeds of the innocent.

“This State allowed the Catholic Church free rein for many years.

“The State must apologise.”

About Dessie Ellis

Dessie Ellis TD is a full time public representative for the Constituency of Dublin North West. He is the Sinn Féin National spokesperson on Housing. Dessie is a member of the Oireachtas Communications and Transport Committee and a member of the joint sub-committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport. Dessie has been selected by Sinn Féin alongside Cllr. Cathleen Carney Boud to contest the upcoming General elections.