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"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)


Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) was established in 2003. The group had two main objectives, which were: i) to bring about an official apology from the Irish State, and ii) the establishment of a compensation scheme for all Magdalene survivors. JFM exited the political arena in May 2013 having achieved its aims (see our ‘Exit Statement’ here). At this point Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) was established. The main aim of JFMR is to provide for the advancement of education of the general public by researching the Magdalene Laundries and similar institutions and by providing information and support to the women who spent time in the Magdalene Laundries and their families.

JFMR is in the process of designing a new website, which will be online shortly, and in the meantime this website contains much of the previous JFM material, but also - where noted - JFM Research material.


15th June 2016: Launch of major project to assist with Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation

Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) and Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) are delighted to announce the launch of a major project which will offer support to those who wish to make a statement to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters.

The project will provide individuals with free witness statement drafting assistance and it has been endorsed by Philomena Lee and her daughter Jane Libberton. It will be known as Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data (Clann) and it will be delivered in association with global law firm Hogan Lovells.

Click here to read the press release
Click here to visit the Clann website

4th May 2016: Dublin Lord Mayor Awards
Last night Justice for Magdalenes Research was deeply honoured to accept the Dublin Lord Mayor Award on behalf of the Magdalene Laundry survivors. Click here to read the speech by Claire McGettrick on behalf of JFMR.

April 2016: Revised Research Guides Published
Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) has compiled revised Research Guides for Magdalene survivors and their relatives.

Click the links below to view the revised Guides:


March 2016: Join us this year for our annual Flowers for Magdalenes events across Ireland

This weekend, on Sunday March 6th the fifth annual Flowers for Magdalenes events will take place around the country in all cities and towns where there were Magdalene Laundries. Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) is calling on members of the public to visit Magdalene graves and lay a flower to honour the women who lived and died behind convent walls.

At least 1,663 former Magdalene women are buried in cemeteries in Ireland, many of whom are in unmarked graves. JFMR would be grateful for the media’s assistance in publicising these events which are being organised by volunteers from around the country. Details are available below.

Flowers for Magdalenes is a family event and children are welcome.

Click here for full press release, locations and times of events.

September 2015: Justice for Magdalenes Research Submissions to UN Human Rights Committee and Committee on the Elimnation of Discrimination Against Women

Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) made submissions, both as follow-up and in an NGO submission capacity, to the UN Human Rights Committee in respect of Ireland Periodic Review on 23 September, 2015 and to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in respect of IRELAND Period Review on 30 September, 2015. Both submissions highlight the continued lack of full response and action by the Irish government on issues relating to the Magdalene Laundries, and as originally recommended by the UN Committee Against Torture in 2011.

Read the reports here:
JFMR Follow-up Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee
JFMR NGO Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women


Resources and Documents relating to the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme

Other Resources

Submissions and Reports on State Interaction with the Magdalene Laundries

Human Rights Submissions and Reports


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

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