Sinead O’Connor reveals her torment after she was sent to a Magdalene Laundry
Singer says Laundries experience is why she ripped up Pope photo on TV
Singer Sinead O’Connor has revealed she was a victim of the Magdalene Laundries scandal – and it affected her for life.
The ‘Nothing Compares 2U’ hit-maker has made the revelation in an interview with the Irish Sun newspaper.
She spoke out just 24 hours after the publication of a damning report on the Laundries which has highlighted state collusion with the Nuns who ran them.
O’Connor, now 46, has told the Irish Sun how she was just 14 when she was sent to the Sisters of
Our Lady of Charity laundry in Dublin after she was labelled a ‘problem child.’
She told the paper: “We were girls in there, not women, just children really. And the girls in there cried every day.
“It was a prison. We didn’t see our families, we were locked in, cut off from life, deprived of a normal childhood.
“We were told we were there because we were bad people. Some of the girls had been raped at home and not believed.
“One girl was in because she had a bad hip and her family didn’t know what to do with her. It was a great grief to us.”
The rock star explained how her 18 months in High Park in the Drumcondra suburb of Dublin left her so angry at the injustice that it was part of the reason she caused worldwide controversy by tearing up a picture of the Pope on live television.
She added: “It wasn’t the only reason, but it was one of them.”
Lashing out at the Church’s ‘flaccid’ apology, O’Connor said she was ‘disgusted’ by it.
The mother-of-four said: “They said something like, ‘We’re sorry for the hurt.’
“The word hurt doesn’t cover it. I am disgusted that the State won’t apologise. I’m disgusted at the tone of the Church’s flaccid apology. The Church is getting away with it again.”
Sinead, who has previously claimed she suffered abuse as a child, was sent to the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Institute after she began stealing as a teenager.
She said: “My worried dad thought he was doing the right thing by sending me to be rehabilitated.
He told me he even paid for the privilege of doing so.
“He thought he was doing the right thing. He was convinced into it. He paid them to take me. I never told him the truth of how bad it was.
“There was no rehabilitation there and no therapy. Nothing but people telling us we were terrible people. I stopped the stealing all right. I didn’t want to be sent back there. But at what cost?
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Chuck very well said, you are really a man of vision. I wish I could have said that. The world needs men like that, he was a lot like the great PresidNelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning its arms during 2000 talks
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