Survivors of laundries operated by the Catholic Church would like an apology from the government of Northern Ireland. A Religion News Service article states that in the Irish Republic, an estimated 10,000 girls were locked up in the laundries between 1922 and 1996, according to an inquiry report published in February. The report said the laundries also existed in Northern Ireland, along with the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. Most were Catholic operations, but Protestant institutions also existed.
According to Religion News Service, The Historical Institutional Abuse Act, an inquiry into residential institutional abuse between 1945 and 1995, is underway in Northern Ireland and will be completed in January 2016. Read the full article here.