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Government must act on Ombudsman Magdalen Report Recommendations - Mary Lou McDonald TD

23 November, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald today called on the Government to implement the recommendations of the Ombudsman Report following his investigation into the administration of the Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Following a comprehensive investigation into the administration of the Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme the Ombudsman today published a very damning report into the Schemes failures.

“What the investigation exposes beggar’s belief. The Department of Justice and Equality administered the scheme in a manner that deliberately sought to exclude women from the redress they were entitled to.

“Women who were effectively imprisoned on a single site, working side by side with those deemed eligible for redress were refused their entitlements, on the basis of the Departments incorrect administrative interpretation of the eligibility criteria relating to the 12 institutions covered by the Scheme.

“For decades the state refused to even acknowledge the brutalisation of the Magdalen women and their children. When redress came it was limited. Yet still the Government’s instinct has been to limit its liability.

“As the Ombudsman has stated in his report the Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme was supposed to contribute to healing and reconciliation but for some the failures of the Department of Justice and Equality have reinforced feelings of marginalisation and hurt. 

“Government must not only consider the recommendations of the Ombudsman’s report, they must act on them.”

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