Why should bankrupt State have to pay for the sins of others


The religious orders involved in the Magdalene Laundries have declined to pay compensation to survivors. Let us hope that the State will not have to foot the bill, as I wrote last February in the Irish Independent.


Of course there was hardship, but this was the atmosphere of the time, as the Taoiseach himself said. And it is simply ahistorical to condemn the standards of another time by the much improved standards of the present. We may as well condemn the families who put these people into these institutions. Or indeed the families who didn’t – and whose children suffered more so as a consequence.