"You have shown Irish citizens the value of working together, of harnessing the strength that lies behind a collective will to change things for the better. Your actions have demonstrated the transformative potential of challenging and changing long held attitudes and mind sets. Your courage shows that there are no inevitabilities in life that cannot be transformed by the justness of a cause and the strength of a conviction. I am pleased that the justice of your cause has led to the public acknowledgment of the enormous wrong that you suffered at the hands of this State."
President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, 3 July 2013
MAGDALENE SURVIVORS TOGETHER
Members of the Magdalene Survivors Together group entering Dail Eireann, (Ireland's National Parliament) to hear An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny deliver the official state apology to survivors of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries.
Magdalene Survivor Mary Smith speaking to the media after the historic state apology in 2013.
Magdalene survivors emerging from Dail Éireann to world's media after hearing oficial state apology from An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
State apology to survivors of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries.