The Shame of Ireland
Anger at pitiful compensation package
Disgusted survivors of the Magdalene Laundries have branded the compensation package unveiled by the Government as appalling.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter yesterday detailed a list of payments for the women ranging from e11,500 to e100,000 depending on how long they spent in the hated institutions.
They will also be granted an “enhanced” medical card and will also be given a form of the State contributory pension.
Survivor Maria Gambole broke down in tears as she revealed her “disappointment” at the package.
She said: “This report is disgusting. I’m very disappointed. I am 78 and I can’t go on much longer.
“I am very emotional, I am very disappointed. There is nothing to show the emotion we went through, we went through hell in the Magdalene laundries.”
Women who spent a year in a laundry will be paid €20,500 and €68,500 to women who were there for five years.
The maximum payment is €100,000 for women who were in a Magdalene laundry for 10 years or more.
Spokesman for the Magdalene Survivors Together, Stephen O’Riordan, said the scheme falls short of what the women were promised.
He said: “Enda Kenny is thinking about the money- not the women, we don’t accept the recommendation on the money,
“Enda Kenny told the women he would act in their best interest. This isn’t in their best interest. They feel very let down.
“There are of course welcome aspects but there is still a battle to be fought here.”
Mr O’Riordan said their psychological, emotional and physical abuse was ignored by the package.
And he hit out at the religious orders who have so far gotten away without making a contribution.
Minister Shatter said he and Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch had met with the religious congregations and demanded they foot some of the bill.
He added there would be there would be disappointment in cabinet if they failed to contribute and said the public would expect them to do so.
Nearly 600 survivors are set to receive forms in the post and payments will not depend on proof of abuse.
But relatives of the dead will not be covered by the scheme, which could cost the State up to €58 million.
Minister Shatter told the survivors this is their day - the start of bringing closure and admitted it should have happened a long time ago.
He said: “For the former residents of the Laundries, your story has been told, listened to with respect and concern, and believed. You have received an apology.
“Now you are to receive tangible supports and benefits taking into account your needs.
“I hope that when you look back to today you will be able to say that the arrangements now announced constitute a sincere expression of the State’s regret for failing you in the past, its recognition of your current needs, and its commitment to respecting your dignity and human rights as full equal members of our Nation.”Source - http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/politics/magdale...
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