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Archived News — 2010

News Archive:

Response to Magdalene Survivors
Letter from Professor James Smith, Irish Times, 13 December, 2010

Adopting a determined approach to an incredible life
Donal Lynch, Sunday Irish Independent, 14 November, 2010

JFM welcomes IHRC call for statutory enquiry on the Magdalene Laundries

Survivor advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) welcomes the Irish Human Rights Commissionís (IHRC) validation of the evidence submitted in seeking a formal inquiry into the Stateís responsibility for human rights violations in the Magdalene Laundries.

JFMís submission argues that the treatment of the women and girls in the Laundries violated their constitutional rights, including the right to bodily integrity, the right not to be tortured or ill-treated, the right to earn a livelihood, the right to communicate, the right to individual privacy, the right to travel, the right to oneís good name and the right to oneís person.

Links to all relevant news coverage, press releases and statements:

JFM/IHRC Releases
Official JFM press release
Official IHRC statement, press release and speeches

Other group press releases
SNAP US (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) official press statement on IHRC/Justice for Magdalenes Statement

AP news, internationally circulated, Shawn Pogatchnik, 9 November
(Boston Globe, Washington Post, L.A. Times, NY Times, Forbes, Atlanta Journal Consitution, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Scotsman and more)
Belfast Telegraph, 10 November
Belfast Telegraph, 9 November
Kathleen Lynch, T.D. in The Evening Echo (Cork), 12 November
The Epoch Times (Chinese news media), 15 November
Breaking News.ie, 9 November
The Irish Independent, 9 November
Irish Central/Irish Voice (NY), 11 November
The Irish Examiner, Features Analysis, 10 November
The Irish Examiner, News, 10 November
The Irish Examiner, Breaking News, 9 November
Irish Herald, Breaking News, 9 November
The Irish Times, Letters, 11 November
The Irish Times, News, 10 November
The Irish Times, Breaking News, 9 November
National Public Radio (NPR), Morning Edition, 10 November
US Catholic News, 10 November

TV, Radio and other Media
RTÉ Television, News at 6 p.m.
RTÉ Television News at 1 p.m.
Radio 98FM
TV3 News at 5:30 p.m.
RTÉ Radio 1, News at 1
BBC Northern Ireland, Evening Extra,
(audio starts at 36:12)

Baby Love Child Blog
Catholic Culture
Clerical Whispers Blog
Crispina Blog
Christian Child Abuse
Cork Politics
Dunchinson's Blog
Human Rights Ireland
Human Rights Ireland guest plog by Prof. James Smith and Maeve O'Rourke
Public Interest Law Alliance Blog
Women's Views on News Blog

Government response
Government of Ireland Official Statement, 9 November
Irish Parliament/Dail Eireann-Adjournment Debate, Transcript, 9 November
Irish Parliament/Dail Eireann-Adjournment Debate, Full video, 9 November
Seanad Order of Business, 9 November

Adoption Options
Mari Steed, JFM committee director, Letters, The Irish Times, 4 November, 2010

Bethany Home allegations of abuse
Niall Meehan, Letters, The Irish Times, 14 October, 2010

Call for Magdalene survivors redress
Elaine Edwards, The Irish Times, 8 October, 2010

Visitation genuine attempt to renew trust, says Brady
Alison Healy, The Irish Times, 7 October, 2010

Irish abuse victims seek extension of redress fund
Mark Hennessey, The Irish Times, 7 October, 2010

Bethany Home and Magdalene Laundries must be included in redress scheme
Statement by Kathleen Lynch TD, Spokesperson on Disability Issues and Equality DŠil Candidate for Cork North Central, 7 October, 2010

O'Rourke on Redress for Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries and Bethany Home
Maeve O'Rourke, Guest post on Human Rights in Ireland, 4 October, 2010

JFM committee director Mari Steed was recently interviewed by the Irish Independent, RTÉ Radio, the Cork Independent and Irish Voice regarding three separate vaccine trials conducted in the 1960s and 1970s on Irish children in mother-and-baby homes. The trials were done on behalf of multinational drugs company The Wellcome Foundation, now known as GlaxoSmithKline, and two researchers affiliated with UCD.
Read the Irish Independent news articles on this topic, beginning 21 August through 23 August, 2010
Read the Irish Voice article, 2 September 2010
MP3 AudioRTÉ Radio Drivetime interview, 21 August, 2010
(Interview begins at about 1:06:45 mark. Requires Real audioplayer)

Bid to reassure Magdalene survivors over memorial statue
Jennifer Hough, The Examiner

Clare author in fight for Magdalen justice
Andy Seamus Hamilton, The Clare People

Donít let Magdalene statue go the way of Padraic O Conaire, warns Boston professor
Editorial from professor James Smith, 5th August 2010

MP3 AudioMidwest Radio 96.1 interview with Professor James Smith
30 July 2010

A visible memorial for Galway's Magdalene women
Editorial from professor James Smith, 30th July 2010

'Iíll chain myself to statue' vows angry playwright
Bernie NŪ Fhlatharta, Galway City Tribune, 30th July 2010

Anger as council plans to remove Magdalene Laundry sculpture
John Fallon, Irish Independent, 28th July 2010

Slavery, Forced Labour and the Magdalene Laundries
Maeve O'Rourke, Guest blogpost, HumanRights.ie, 13th July 2010

Abuse files must be preserved
Professor James Smith, Letters, Irish Examiner, 12th July 2010

Women's council seeks justice for Magdalene survivors
Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 12th July 2010

Giving a voice to those held hostage by past
Kevin Cullen, The Boston Globe, 11th July 2010

Kathleen Lynch TD supports Justice for Magdalenes
CorkPolitics.ie, 9th July 2010

State in denial over Magdalenes
Professor James Smith, Letters, Irish Times, 5th July 2010

Brady encourages Magdalene survivors in talks with church
Geneview Carberry, Irish Times, 25th June 2010

Magdalene women 'can't access records'
Marie O'Halloran, Irish Times, 25th June 2010

No state compensation for Magdelene abuse
Claire O'Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 26th June 2010

Magdalene group requests inquiry
Irish Times, 25th June 2010

Justice group demands laundries inquiry
Claire O'Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 24th June 2010

Magdalene 'workers' seek justice
Christine Allen, Cork Independent, 24th June 2010

Taoiseach receives demand for Magdalene redress
Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 22nd June 2010

State still in denial over Magdalene scandal
Maeve O'Rourke (Human Rights Fellow, Harvard University), Letters, Irish Times, 17th June 2010

State still in denial over Magdalene scandal
Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times, 15th June 2010

Bethany residents remembered
Breaking News, Irish Times, 26th May 2010

Graves of Bethany children
Letter from Prof. James Smith, Irish Times, 25th May 2010

Turning punishment into instrument of love
James Mackey, Opinion piece, The Irish Times, 12th May 2010

Path of poetís play sets her dancing
Patrick Meighan on Imelda Murphy's The Quane's Laundry, Nashua Telegraph, 10th May 2010

Cowen 'trying to deny implications of state's complicity over laundries'
Claire O'Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 29th April 2010

Magdalene victims' redress
Letter from Prof. James Smith, Irish Times, 19th April 2010

Searching for true identity
Letter from Joan Reidy, Irish Times, 16th April 2010

Neglect of archives shows contempt for citizens
Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times, 10th April 2010

Brady: Church wants to find 'just solution'
Claire O'Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 1st April 2010

Abuse survivors tell Cardinal Brady to resign
Times Online, 31st March 2010

Redress for Magdalene victims
Derek Leinster, Letters, Irish Times, 30th March 2010

Harney to raise question on laundries
Claire O'Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 26th March 2010

Request for Magdalene records to be released
Eithne Donnellan, Irish Times, 25th March 2010

Redress for Magdalene victims
James Smith, Letters, Irish Times, 25th March 2010

Redress for Magdalene survivors overdue
James Smith, Letters, Irish Independent, 25th March 2010

From Academic to Advocate
Sean Smith, The Boston College Chronicle, 17th March 2010

How a new Ireland was forged on the anvil of one woman's suffering
edited version of the introduction to A Woman to Blame: The Kerry Babies Case by Nell McCafferty, published by Cork University Press, reprinted in The Irish Times, 8th March 2010

Magdalene victims awaiting apology
Justice for Magdalenes Coordinating Committee letter, The Irish Times, 26th February 2010

Magdalene victims awaiting apology
Justice for Magdalenes Coordinating Committee letter, Belfast Telegraph, 26th February 2010

It's time the Pope came clean about the Magdalene Laundries
Sharon Owens, Belfast Telegraph, 24th February 2010

Why time is not on the side of the Magdalene victims
Niamh Connolly, The Sunday Business Post, 7th February 2010

Magdalene group says meeting with Department of Education helpful
Alison Healy, Irish Times, 3rd February 2010

Magdalene group meets with officials
Alison Healy, Irish Times: Breaking News, 2nd February 2010

Letter from Professor James Smith
Irish Times, 2nd February 2010

Magdalene survivors' group to meet Department officials
Irish Examiner, 2nd February 2010

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