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Ó Caoláin: Astonishing sums paid to Magdalene orders – no excuse for denying redress to survivors

16 June, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as “astonishing” the sums paid by the Health Service Executive since 2006 to the orders involved in the Magdalene laundries.

The information was obtained in a Parliamentary Question tabled by Deputy Ó Caoláin to the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly TD.

The Cavan-Monaghan TD said:

“The figures I have received indicate that in the past five years alone, three of the four orders involved in the Magdalene laundries have received a combined total of over €87 million from the state in revenue and capital funding.

“This contrasts sharply with the state’s treatment of the women imprisoned in these institutions who received no pay for their years of work, are in receipt of no pension and were excluded from the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

“In view of these astonishing figures, there can be no excuse for Government refusing to set up a redress scheme for these women. If it can continue to pay €20 million per year to the orders who ran the laundries it can certainly give the women who survived them their due.”

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