The council would transfer the site to the OPW, which would build a memorial to commemorate all those who were confined to institutions.
The National College of Ireland “is exploring multiple possibilities for expansion, including the site on Sean McDermott Street”, says Robert Ward, NCI’s marketing director.
In this book, journalist Caelainn Hogan “sheds light on the darkest corners of our recent history in Ireland, but also holds up a mirror to today”, our reviewer writes.
Social Democrats Councillor Gary Gannon says the site should include a community space, an installation on what life inside was like, a museum, a memorial garden, housing, and food markets.
“Usually we stick a plaque on a building, but if the building is gone? I think how do we remember what has been lost is an important question.”
It would be the “height of insensitivity” if he doesn’t, when he stops in the neighbourhood later this month, says Social Democrats Councillor Gary Gannon.
Looking at memorials to dark times around the world may help with ideas for the former Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street.
Women who survived the laundries should be heard and heeded, when it comes to the Sean McDermott Street site, but local residents should be listened too as well, they say.
Caught in the barbed wire wrapped around the convent’s front gate, a woman was trying to escape. As the couple passed by, she called for help.
Records also show that council officials were warned that a lack of clarity over the memorial could hinder the sale of the site.