Telephone-based counselling and support service Connect is available for anyone distressed following this evenings State apology on the Magdalene Laundries.
The free service will open for additional hours this evening from 8pm to midnight. Connect will also be open from 6-12pm tomorrow and then 6-10pm each evening for the rest of the week.
Connect provides professional out-of-hours telephone based counselling at freephone 1800 477 477 from the Republic of Ireland and 00800 477 477 77from Northern Ireland and the UK.
Connect Manager Theresa Merrigan said: “A time like this can be very upsetting for people who have suffered abuse and painful emotions can come to the surface. We will be available for anyone who would like support from a professional counsellor.”
Connect was established at the request of survivor groups to provide an out-of-hours phone counselling and support service to people who have suffered abuse. The service is funded by the HSE.
Further information at www.connectcounselling.ie.
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.