“This opportunity allows us to repurpose this building into a physical space where future generations can touch the walls and know that what occurred in these institutions were not exaggerated.”

Social Democrats’ Councillor Gary Gannon and his Social Democrats colleagues on Dublin City Council have secured agreement on the development of a multipurpose site of conscience at the location of the former Magdalene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street.

Cllr Gannon said:

“During my last term as a City Councillor, Dublin City Council stopped the sale of the last surviving Magdalene Laundry in State ownership on Seán McDermott St.

“I am immensely proud to say that as part of the Dublin Agreement, which will be Council policy for the next five years, we have secured an agreement on the development of a multipurpose site of conscience at the location of the former Magdalene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street.”

Cllr Gannon continued:

“Work has already begun in listening to the views of survivors, their families and women’s groups to develop plans for the site that recognise the social, cultural and personal history that it symbolises.

“This opportunity allows us to repurpose this building into a physical space where future generations can touch the walls and know that what occurred in these institutions were not exaggerated.

“The appalling case of Majella Moynihan this week has again brought to the fore Ireland’s shameful past, and how we are still failing to deal with it in the present. The campaign to preserve Seán McDermott as a site of conscience is being led by the survivors of the cruellest parts of our history and supported by a generation of people who are dedicated to never repeating, nor forgetting the injustices of our own past.”

ENDS

20th June 2019