Magdalene survivors meet Irish PM Enda Kenny
16 February 2013 Last updated at 22:54 GMT
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has met 17 women who spent time in the Republic of Ireland's Magdalene laundries and now live in the UK.
Between 1922 and 1996, some 10,000 women and girls were made to work unpaid in laundries run by Roman Catholic nuns.
Sophie Hutchinson reports.