News 14 september — 14:30

Dublin Magadalene Laundry site sale blocked

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The planned sale of a former Magdalene Laundry site has been blocked by Dublin city councillors, BBC reports.

The two-acre site on Sean McDermott street was to be sold to an international hotel chain and used for a 350-bed hotel.

Dublin City Council took ownership of the property in 1996 in a land transfer with the Sisters of Charity.

On Thursday evening, councillors voted to halt the sale.

Councillor Gary Gannon, who proposed the motion, said when the council took control of the land it "became custodians not only of its bricks and mortar but its terrible legacy of torture".

He told the council that many of the women who were placed in the laundries had their names removed and deserved an appropriate memorial that recognised their identities.

"There is a responsibility on us as custodians of that building, to provide a place where people can be remembered in an honourable way," he added.

The motion was carried with 37 councillors voting to support the motion while eight voted to reject the motion.

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