Hayes indicates full apology may come from Govt for laundries role

Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has indicated the Government may make a full apology to the survivors of the Magdalene laundries, after it reads the report released yesterday.

The report under the chairmanship of Dr Martin McAleese was published yesterday and found there was significant state involvement in the laundries.

The women who spent time in the laundries have expressed their anger at the failure of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to issue a full apology yesterday.

The issue is expected to be raised by TDs in the Dáil this morning.

Minister Brian Hayes said the Government needed time to read the report in full, but indicated "it may well be the case" that an apology will follow.

He added: "The task for the Irish Government is not just to set out an apology, as such, but also to set out what it is we need to do to help these women. The Government is working through all these issues."

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