Magdalene payouts before Christmas
SOME survivors of the Magdalene Laundries will be paid tax-free compensation before Christmas, it has been revealed.
Lump sums will be paid over the next four to six weeks to some of the 205 women who have agreed to a payment ranging from €11,500 to €100,000.
The maximum one-off payment will be €50,000, with any remaining money to be paid in weekly instalments over a year.
But the Magdalene Survivors Together group, which includes about 100 women, claimed their concerns over the low level of some lump sums and weekly instalments were not being taken on board. The Department of Justice has encouraged women to take legal advice before signing up to the deal.