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Government refuses to end Bethany Home injustice

6 October, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described Justice and Equality Minister Alan Shatter’s refusal to extend the brief of the inter-Departmental Committee on the Magdalene Laundries to include Bethany Home as wilful injustice against the Bethany survivors by the current Government.

Deputy McDonald said:

“In opposition both Fine Gael and the Labour party shouted loudly against the exclusion of Bethany Home from the Redress Scheme. Yet despite now sitting on the Government benches both parties have done nothing to right this wrong.

“The current Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe TD, Ministers of State Fergus O’Dowd TD and Kathleen Lynch TD were all outraged last year when the Fianna Fáil led Government ruled out including Bethany Home in the Redress Scheme. Yet all have been mute on the matter since entering Government.

“Minister Shatter’s refusal to extend the brief of the inter-Departmental Committee on the Magdalene Laundries to include Bethany Home is wilful injustice against the Bethany survivors by the current Government.

“There is a catalogue of evidence detailing the State’s involvement and interaction with Bethany Home. It is beyond my comprehension how this Government like the one before it deems it appropriate or right to continue to deny this fact.” ENDS

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