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McDonald calls for Dáil debate on Magdelene Commission report

26 June, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has this evening called for a Dáil debate on the Magdalen Commission Report published today by the Minister for Justice.
Deputy McDonald said:
“Sinn Fein welcomes today’s publication of the Magdalen Commission Report and we are calling on government to ensure time is set aside for a Dáil debate on its recommendations before the summer recess.
“Whilst many of the recommendations will be welcomed by the surviving women others will be a cause of distress.
“The scheme remains ‘ex gratia’ as set by the Minister for Justice. Women to be granted lump sum redress payments in excess of €50,000 will receive the balance of the redress awarded to them in weekly payments for the duration of their lives. Many of these women are elderly and unwell. Receipt of their full lump payment would significantly increase their quality of life.
“Provision for a Health Amendment Act (HAA) card that will provide the women with a wide range of primary care and hospital based services is good news, but as primary legislation is required it could be some time before the women receive the medical care they need.
“Whilst government has decided that the recommendations will be implemented immediately, a decision we welcome, it is important from the surviving women’s perspective that the Dáil be given an opportunity to debate the recommendations before the summer recess.” ENDS

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