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Tuesday, 26 February 2013


cleanse stains on soiled linen--
Magdalene redress

dirty laundry--
Magdalene women get
state apology

© Máire Morrissey-Cummins

Taoiseach delivers state apology to Magdalene women

Máire is Irish, lives in Co. Wicklow and retired early from the Financial Sector. She is a member of Haiku Ireland and the Irish Haiku Society and has been published in Every Day Poets, New Ulster, Lynx, Sketchbook haiku, Notes from the Gean, A Hundred Gourds, Whirligig, The First Cut, Wordlegs, and Open Road Review.


  1. Thanks Amy, appreciate your comments dear. Máire x

  2. Strong, emotive pieces, Máire. Time will tell if the survivors receive full and proper redress.

  3. Excellent Haiku here Maire. I hope these women truly get closure on this some day soon.

  4. Eamon,
    Thank you, I had to write something, I was so moved by these women and their plight. I hope they get a proper redress :)

  5. Maeve,
    I really loved your poem on this subject and had to write something to mark these wonderful women who they thought they could bury in dirty laundry, shame on their mothers and fathers and on the institutions who abused them. Abuse is never acceptable. Maire x

  6. Bernadette,
    Thanks, am glad you like them and a very bitter sweet situation to write about. Maire x

  7. Thanks Marion, I wept seeing all of these women and remember girls in school with me as a young child who were from a convent, I thought it was an orphanage. We never knew what pain there was going on behind those austere walls. Maire x