The anti-Catholic bigots on Politics.ie are now complaining that the report into State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries, which revealed that the institutions were rather demonized and weren't nearly as bad as they were made out to be, should never have been chaired by a Catholic (Martin McAleese, our former President's husband). One even described Mary McAleese as the hierarchy's favourite woman and the anti-Robinson (or something like that).
Hilarious. I don't read Politics.ie but I had to see how they reacted to this let-down for them.
I don't doubt that women suffered in the laundries. It is a scandal that they existed at all, and I am not making light of the plight of women who found themselves there. (Though it should be noted that many of them admitted themselves, often because of homelessness.)
I am laughing at the reaction to the report amongst the "pundits" on Politics.ie, not at anything else.
P.S. The Irish Examiner states that the report "found that the regime depicted the movie The Magdalene Sisters did not reflect the reality of life in the laundries." I am glad that this salacious and (frankly) awful film has now been discredited.