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Religious institutions should pay more to victims – Adams

5 July, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams today called for legislation to ensure that the religious institutions pay more compensation toward the victims of abuse in religious institutions.

Mr. Adams also raised the issue of compensation for those who were held in the Magdalene Laundries and pressed for legislation to be introduced to permit former residents of Bethany home to apply for compensation under the redress scheme.

Speaking during Order of Business Mr. Adams said:

“Following the revelations that religious orders benefited to the tune of €468 million from property sales will the government bring forward legislation to ensure that a portion of this money goes towards compensation for the victims of abuse in religious institutions, including those who were held in the Magdalene Laundries.

“Also as an issue of equality will legislation be introduced to permit the former residents of Bethany Home to apply for redress?

“I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the good work of all of those who have campaigned on behalf of those citizens who have been victim of these systems.”

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