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    IDC Magdalen Laundries
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    Montague Street
    Dublin 2

    The Government considered the circumstances of women and girls who were admitted to the Laundries at its meeting on 14 June, 2011 and decided that it was essential as a first step to fully establish the true facts and circumstances relating to the Magdalen Laundries. A number of actions were agreed. This included the setting up of an Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries, to clarify any State interaction, and to produce a narrative detailing such interaction. The Committee, under the independent chairmanship of Senator Martin McAleese, submitted an interim progress report on 25 October, 2011 and their final report was published on 5 February, 2013.

    Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries


    Introduction by the Chair, Senator Martin McAleese 

    Executive Summary



    Part I - Mandate, historical context and archives

    Chapter 1: Terminology

    Chapter 2: Establishment, membership and mandate of the Committee 

    Chapter 3: History of the Magdalen Laundries and institutions within the scope of the Report

    Chapter 4: Working methods, procedures and data protection

    Chapter 5: Relevant legislation

    Chapter 6: Archive of the Committee's work


    Part II – Statistical analysis

    Chapter 7: Sources and methodology for statistical analysis

    Chapter 8: Findings of statistical analysis 


    Part III –State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries

    Chapter 9: Routes of entry to the Magdalen Laundries (A): Criminal Justice System 

    Chapter 10: Routes of entry to the Magdalen Laundries (B): Industrial and Reformatory Schools 

    Chapter 11: Routes of entry to the Magdalen Laundries (C): Health authorities and Social Services

    Chapter 12: The Factories Acts and Regulation of the Workplace

    Chapter 13: Financial (A): State Funding and Financial Assistance

    Chapter 14: Financial (B): State contracts for laundry services 

    Chapter 15: Financial (C): Taxation, Commercial Rates, Social Insurance and other

    Chapter 16: Death registration, burial and exhumation

    Chapter 17: Other areas of State involvement 


    Part IV – Other frequently asked questions relating to the operation of the Magdalen Laundries

    Chapter 18: Non-state routes of entry to the Magdalen Laundries

    Chapter 19: Living and working conditions 

    Chapter 20: Financial viability of the Magdalen Laundries 



    Index of Appendices 

    Appendix 1: Interim Report

    Appendix 2: Maps 

    Appendix 3: List compiled by Maria Luddy

    Appendix 4: Statistical analysis

    Appendix 5: 1941 Memo by Probation Office

    Appendix 6: Industrial Schools circular 1924 

    Appendix 7: 1942 Education Memo on charges involving immorality 

    Appendix 8: 1933 Industrial School Rules 

    Appendix 9: 1906 list of institutions accepting inspection

    Appendix 10: Sample Factories Act forms 

    Appendix 11: 1965 Industry and Commerce letter 

    Appendix 12: Green Book extracts 

    Appendix 13: 1969 letter on social insurance 

    Appendix 14: Rationing Circular 

    Appendix 15: 1942 letter on rationing