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
Part I - Mandate, historical context and archives
Part II – Statistical analysis
Part III –State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries
Part IV – Other frequently asked questions relating to the operation of the Magdalen Laundries