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Last night the Taoiseach Enda Kenny unreservedly apologised to the victims of the Magdalene laundries on behalf of the state.
The Taoiseach became visibly emotional in the Dail while apologising to all the women who were in the Magdalene Laundries.
Enda Kenny told the Dáil the deep regret for the stigma suffered by the women.
During the Taoiseach’s apology, many of the victims who were present in the gallery wept and embraced each other.
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Mr. Kenny described how the women scrubbed away the nation's shadow, our conscience in Ireland of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin also apologised for not acting when he was in government in previous years.
Enda Kenny has pledged to provide a package of support for the women after a 3-month review.
Mr Justice John Quirke has been appointed by the Government to devise a compensation scheme for survivors.
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Taoiseach Enda Kenny's full speech: