WHAT WIKILEAKS SAYS ABOUT SEAN AYLWARD

Cunning Hired Knaves

The appointment of former secretary general of the Department of Justice Sen Aylward to the Council of Europe?s Committee for the Prevention of Torture was described by the Justice for Magdalenes group as ‘a slap in the face to women who have suffered in Ireland?s Magdalene Laundries‘. This was on account of his appearance in a United Nations Committee Against Torture examination in June, when he stated that ‘the vast majority of women who went to these institutions went there voluntarily, or if they were minors, with the consent of their parents or guardians’.

There are a few mentions of Sen Aylward in the Wikileaks cables from Ireland. They are of some relevance to Aylward’s appointment.

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