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Magdalene Laundries survivors fury at Government deal

Magdalene Laundries survivors fury at Government deal

26 Jun 2013 19:09

Anger at pitiful compensation package

The report The report

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.”

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Comment by robin ohn on June 30, 2013 at 18:08

fucking rip off bloddy enda Kenny shame on u

Comment by Kathleen O'Malley. on July 1, 2013 at 17:56

This is a disgrace.  Shame on you.   Mr Edna Kenny. 

Why do we allow the Irish Government to dare to make these apauling decisions.  What Human rights.?

  The decision should have been  an Arbitrary one made by an out side body.  Those on the Panel were clearly Educated by either the Loretta Order or the Christain Brothers and have been Brain Washed by same.  This same situation occured with the Redress Board.  Sadly the Irish Survivors  have the mindset of electing the wrong people to represent them and with the ongoing, in house bickering  the powers that be know they can walk all over us.  The Group Leaders were supposed to represent us instead they lined their own pockets by double dealing.   Sadly  it is  the Survivor who suffer.  As Survivors we are letting ourselves down. No money will ever make up for a lost life.  However most of us left those Hell Holes without any Skills.  Oh' Pardon me  "didn't the so called Religious state they had prepared us for the outdide world Scrubbing and Cleaning which is the lowest paid  employement  package.  How patronising,  the Women who were in those Prisons should be compensated more realistically.  The Catholic Church is still a very wealthy Institution.  I wonder who made that possible?


Shame on you Ireland.

Kathleen O'Malley.  "Childhood Interrupted.


Comment by Elizabeth Nicholas on July 1, 2013 at 20:30

I agree with the above,  Enda Kenny you surely are thinking about the money not those women who were in those hell holes.  Those women deserve better what if one of your relatives was in one of those places would you be thinking differently about how they should be treated.   Sometimes I am ashamed to be Irish,  I was in one of those hell holes I cant find another word to describe them,  the Irish government seems to be thinking only of money, not people,  anyway those religious orders are loaded so PAY UP and think of those who are suffering because of you.

Ireland you are a disgrace

Elizabeth Nicholas


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