Monday 26 January 2015

Medical cover for Magdalene survivors

Published 25/06/2014 | 02:30

A memorial plaque to victims of the Magdalene Laundries in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

THE State is to pay the medical insurance bills of the Magdalene Laundries survivors who are currently living abroad.

Ministers yesterday signed off on revised compensation plans for the hundreds of women who applied through the Government's redress scheme.

Those who have been approved for compensation will be assured that the sums they receive will not be included in their means tests when being considered for a nursing home.

A spokesperson for the Government also confirmed health insurance will be covered by the State in relation to the 146 applicants living overseas.

Some 90pc of these individuals are based in the UK.

It had previously been confirmed that survivors living in the State would be given medical cards.

New figures show that 357 applicants have received compensation to date. The payments are of an initial maximum of €50,000 and can rise to €100,000 in total.

Some 463 offers of compensation have been made to survivors and a small number of women are currently engaged in an appeals process.

Irish Independent

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