Thursday 18 January 2018

Magdalene survivors overseas to have medical insurance paid for by State

A memorial plaque to victims of the Magdalene Laundries
A memorial plaque to victims of the Magdalene Laundries

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

Yesterday, ministers 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 that health insurance cover 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 will be given medical cards in order to deal with any arising health issues.

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.

A small number of women are currently engaged in an appeals process, the government spokesperson said.

The redress scheme was drawn up by Judge John Quirke.

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

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