Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors Reject Proposed Sale of Magdalene Laundry Site to Japanese Hotel Chain

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors submitted an amendment motion to yesterday’s full Council meeting outlining the party’s opposition the proposed sale of the Magdalene Laundry Sean McDermott Street site to a Japanese hotel chain.

Speaking after the Council meeting during which a vote on the motions submitted regarding the proposed sale were deferred to next week Sinn Féin Cllr Janice Boylan said:

“Sinn Féin submitted an amendment motion within which we called on Council management to immediately withdraw its plans to sell the Seán McDermott Street site to a Japanese hotel chain. We understand that management intend to bring the disposal of the Sean McDermott Street site to the October full Council meeting. Sinn Féin Councillors will vote against this sale.

“Our amendment also recognises the importance of the recent Dublin Honours Magdalenes event to the survivors of the Laundries and their families, and commends Justice for Magdalene Research and the organisers of the event. We also note our support for the Lord Mayors Commission established to consider a permanent memorial to honour survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.

“We have called on Dublin City Council management to advance the outcomes from the Dublin Honours Magdalenes listening event with survivors on the development of an appropriate memorial to the Magdalene women and girls. This memorial must document their experiences and educate future generations on this shameful period in Ireland’s history.  Any future development plan for the site must also include social and affordable housing, and commercial infrastructure appropriate to the needs of the site and the community.” ENDS



“Sinn Féin Councillors and local TD Mary Lou McDonald TD have worked to support the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries for many years now. Most recently we worked closely with Justice for Magdalene Research to support Dublin Honours Magdalenes and our Dublin City Council area committee also provided funding for the event.


“We have engaged with the Minister of Justice and Equality to pursue the Government’s outstanding commitment to a memorial for the women and girls, and as was recommended in the Quirke Report. We also sought the Department’s support both financial and practical for Dublin Honours Magdalenes.


“Over the last year we have constructively engaged with Dublin City Council management to outline our view, and indeed the views of survivors and the local community on a development for the Séan McDermott Street site that memorialises the women and girls who were brutalised by the Laundry regime, and provides the social and economic infrastructure the community and wider city desperately needs.” ENDS