"---the public began to feel the immediate relevance of a word which seemed to have no real meaning in recent Irish history: slavery. Extraordinary as it may seem, the inmates of the Magdalene Laundries were, in effect, slaves, forced to work without pay at menial tasks even though they had committed no crime.
The remains of the High Park women were reinterred in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery, their names listed on a stark limestone monument notable for the absence of religious symbolism. The dates of their deaths are given and they point to the amazing longevity of these institutions. The earliest is April 1858, the latest December 1994.
The institutions had an even longer history in Ireland. The first was established in Dublin in 1766. It was only in October 1996 that the last of the laundries closed. It was in Sean McDermott Street, 10 minutes' walk from Temple Bar, where boisterous, hedonistic young Dubliners live it up in trendy bars and restaurants. Within these institutions, around 30,000 women were imprisoned during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries."