Magdalene Redress Scheme not delivering for survivors in time - Pat Buckley TD
Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Pat Buckley has criticised the slow processing of applications to the Magdalene Redress Scheme and stated that the process must be streamlined to ensure survivors needs are met.
He was responding to reports by Justice for Magdalene Research which found many 7 women had passed away before receiving an redress, despite being accepted to the scheme five years ago.
Deputy Buckley said:"The state has failed these women again and again. This is another insult to the survivors of the Magdalene laundries.
"The protracted processing of their applications for redress has led to some people passing away without ever receiving anything, which is deeply disappointing."The problems seems to have arisen due to some 39 survivors being unable to sign documents due to capacity issues.
"17 of those 39 women still are waiting for redress. This is in part due to a delay in enacting the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act, which is nearly 3 years old."This legislation and other advances in the rights of people with diminished capacity must be prioritised.
"I have raised this many times with the Taoiseach and the MInisters responsible but still they drag their feet while survivors wait for their just redress."I am calling on the government to act swiftly to ensure no more survivors are denied their rights."