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Delay in publishing report on Magdalene redress unacceptable - McDonald

11 June, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking in the Dáil this morning, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, criticised the Taoiseach for the delay in publishing Mr Justice Quirke’s recommendations on a redress mechanism for the surviving women of the Magdalene Laundries.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Following the publication of the McAleese report in February of this year Mr Justice Quirke was asked by the Government to report back within three months on proposals to set a scheme to compensate the women of the Magdalene Laundries for their experience.

“That report was received by Minister Shatter last month but has not been published.

“Media reports over the weekend suggested that Justice Quirke had recommended the setting up a reconciliation forum between the women and former nuns who abused them.

“The surviving women incarcerated in the Magdalene Laundries have waited many years for vindication, but the delay in publishing Mr. Justice Quirke’s report has caused the women more confusion and upset - just as the delay in coming to a decision on the Bethany Homes has caused hardship for those survivors of abuse.

“Having gone through the trauma of telling their stories in written submissions and personal testimonials many of the women are deeply upset at the thought of facing their abusers.

“The women have put up with enough delay, they need to be compensated for their unpaid wages for their illegal incarceration, be given their full pension rights and access to services.

“When will the report be published and will the Government bring an end to the confusion and hurt for the women?

“These women were brutalised in institutions overseen by the State. They were illegally incarcerated and were subjected to forced labour. They deserve now at the very minimum clarity, as do the survivors of the Bethany Home."

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