There was an unholy alliance of Politicians, bureaucracy, business and Church. The Church was relied on to cement the social order, and to make sure that above all people knew and didn't question their place.Sue the Church, by all means. But (unless there's proof that the Gardai were involved, and I'm unaware of any such proof) the State was not to blame for the Magdalene Launderies
The State knew all right.
Drumcondra wasn't exactly out of sight.