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Magdalene laundries: official state apology demanded

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has apologised for the stigma and conditions suffered by women who were inmates of the Magdalene laundries.

Mr Kenny said the laundries had operated in a "harsh and uncompromising Ireland," but he stopped short of a formal apology from the government.

About 10,000 women passed through the laundries in the Irish Republic between 1922 and 1996, a report has revealed.

The laundries were Catholic-run workhouses that operated in Ireland.

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald asked Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny for an official state apology over the stigma and conditions suffered by women who were inmates of the Magdalene laundries.

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