Friday 18 April 2014

'No justice yet' for Magdalene survivors

Magdeline Laundry  survivors  Maureen Sulllivan,Carlow (left) and Mary Smith,Cork laying wreaths at the gates of Leinster House to mark the first anniversary of  Taoiseach Enda Kenny's apology  on behalf the Stae to surivivors of the Magdeline Laundries..Pic Tom Burke 19/2/14
Magdeline Laundry survivors Maureen Sulllivan and Mary Smith

FORMER Magdalene women laid wreaths at the gates of Leinster House yesterday in protest at what they called the Government's inadequate response to their plight.

They made the protest on the first anniversary of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's apology to the women on behalf of the State.

Those taking part in the protest said payments ranging from €11,500 to €100,000 promised to women who had worked in the laundries had only been made to a few survivors.

The payments are due to women who worked at the laundries for periods from less than three months to more than 10 years.

Many of the women have been left waiting for promised enhanced medical cards and educational support measures.

The National Women's Council called on the Government to deliver on its promises.

Magdalene survivor Maureen Sullivan said: "The Government . . . are not doing things the way they said they would. Shame on them."

Irish Independent

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