Wednesday 18 October 2017

Taoiseach asks nuns to ‘reflect’ on refusal to take part in redress

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has asked some religious orders to "reflect" on their decision not to contribute to the compensation fund for victims of the Magdalene Laundries.

But Mr Kenny said he cannot force the orders to give any funding towards the redress scheme, but said he did not want to enter into legal confrontation with them.

The Coalition is preparing to pay out up to E58m in compensation to Magdalene survivors.

And the Government is seeking a financial contribution from four religious congregations involved in running the institutions: The Good Shepherd Sisters, The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, The Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Charity.

The four orders came back to say they don't intend to make a contribution and Mr Kenny was questioned on the issue in the Dail this morning by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

The Taoiseach said the Government needed the co-operation of the orders to get access to the records for the Magdalene Laundries but called on them to reflect on their decision not to contribute to the compensation fund.

But he said: "I cannot force them to do that."

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