Justice for Magdalenes
Who We Are
What We Do
Public Disclosure
Press Releases
What Can I Do?
Magdalene Oral
History Project
Newsletters Online
Learn about the Magdalene Oral History Project
Magdalene Oral History Project

Justice for Magdalenes

Welcome to Justice for Magdalenes

"It is not easy to stand outside the mainstream and to continue to press for the truth, but we know this is the way in which human rights defenders undertake their work in every country around the world."

— Dr. Maurice Manning, President, Irish Human Rights Commission (9 Nov. 2010)


14th July: JFM Research says Magdalene healthcare provisions are a betrayal of survivors’ trust

Magdalene survivors have provided Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) with copies of the Guide to Health Services under the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Act 2015. The services outlined in this document merely replicate the ordinary medical card (which 90% of survivors already have). Once again, the government’s action represents a serious betrayal of survivors’ trust.


8th June: Justice for Magdalenes Presentation to UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Justice for Magdalenes Research today told the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that the Irish State is refusing to provide the full healthcare package to Magdalene women that it promised in 2013.

Following an apology by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny for the Irish State’s involvement with the punitive Magdalene institutions the Irish government established an ex gratia scheme to Magdalene survivors and so far over 500 have applied provide financial support, healthcare and other measures to survivors, in exchange for their agreement not to sue the State.


JFM Research publishes critique of McAleese Report

Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) has published the first in a series of critiques of the Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries (IDC Report). Published to coincide with the second anniversary of the State apology, JFMR’s critique discusses issues around death, the institutionalisation of former Magdalene women, as well as JFMR’s research on Magdalene graves and duration of stay.

Instead of answering questions on the serious issues surrounding deaths in Magdalene Laundries, Chapter 16 of the IDC Report gives exclusive attention to the religious orders’ version of events and completely ignores survivor testimony, as well as substantial submissions from JFM raising concerns about the funeral and burial practices in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries.


* JFMR Death, Institutionalisation & Duration of Stay: A critique of Chapter 16 of the Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries and related issues
* Appendix 1
* Appendix 1

Advocacy and rights groups join in criticising government’s Magdalene Bill as unacceptable, unfair and full of broken promises to survivors

Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR), the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International (Ireland) today called on the government to honour the promise it made to Magdalene survivors in June 2013, to implement all of Mr Justice John Quirke’s recommendations for a Magdalene restorative justice scheme.


For details of the numerous healthcare services omitted from the draft legislation, please see Briefing Note on Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014 >>

JFM Research deeply disappointed at exclusion of Magdalene Laundries from Inquiry

The Mother and Baby homes and Magdalene Laundries were both integral parts of Ireland’s architecture of containment of ‘problem’ women and girls. As JFMR has previously pointed out to Minister Reilly, the McAleese inquiry did not investigate or make findings about abuse or lines of responsibility for abuse in the Magdalene Laundries. Furthermore, the McAleese Report does not contain a single word from the 796 pages of testimony submitted by JFM and it failed to adequately examine issues relating to deaths and burials. Serious doubt has been cast on the accuracy of the McAleese Report’s assertions regarding duration of stay.


Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) and Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) Make Joint Submission to Terms of Reference for Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes

Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) and Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) today submitted a comprehensive briefing to inform the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes. ARA and JFMR, who, along with representatives of Irish First Mothers and historian Sean Lucey, met with Minister Flanagan on Wednesday, 25 June 2014, and suggested that the Commission of Investigation should focus on the issue of children born out of wedlock in Ireland since 1922 rather than institutions per se. Communicated in that meeting and in the joint submission is the understanding that this issue gives rise to six distinct fields of inquiry:

  1. Infant mortality rates;
  2. Adoption practices;
  3. Vaccine trials and medical experimentation;
  4. Forced labour and incarceration of unmarried girls and women who gave birth to babies or were seen to be ‘at risk’ of becoming mothers;
  5. Conditions in the institutions, including neglect, denial of adequate medical care and cruel punishment of unmarried mothers and their infants and children; and
  6. Burials of unmarried mothers and their children who remained in recarceral institutions.


Read the submission >>

Justice for Magdalenes to end its Political Campaign

Justice for Magdalenes (JFM), the survivor advocacy group, is announcing the end of its political campaign, begun in June 2009.

Read the entire exit statement >>


Key Documents


The Ireland Funds of Great Britain

Justice for Magdalenes gratefully ackowledges The Ireland Fund of Great Britain for its recent grant. This funding will enable JFM to cover expenses associated with our final push in the UN Committee Against Torture process, to gather and print testimonies, and to perform further research in order to assist the Inter-Departmental Committee's inquiries into state interaction with the Laundries.

Feminist Review Trust

We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Feminist Review Trust, under which JFM has been gathering testimonies in conjunction with and as a pilot phase of the UCD Magdalene Oral History Project (which is also funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Science), directed by Dr. Katherine O'Donnell, Director of Women's Studies at UCD's School of Social Justice and JFM Advisory Committee member.


JFM Research is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organisation.

Justice for Magdalenes / JFM Research
Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

Tel: In Ireland: (353) 086-446-3057
In the US: (1) 215-589-9329
In the UK: (44) 208-346-7479

Our information phone line will continue to operate a referral service but now
with an automated message directing callers to resources which are already available.

Media: (353) 086-3659516

© 2003-2013 Justice for Magdalenes / JFM Research  |  Crocknahattina, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan  |  E-mail: [email protected]
JFM Facebook JFM YouTube JFM Twitter JFM Flickr JFM Facebook JFM YouTube JFM Twitter JFM Flickr