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Wednesday 13 December 2017

UN committee criticises State record on abuse

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The Government has not done enough to investigate allegations of ill-treatment of women in State and Church-run laundries and institutions, the United Nations Committee Against Torture warns.

It noted that €25.5m had been paid to 677 women who spent time in the Magdalene laundries.

But the UN said the Government should ensure that any woman should have the right to sue even if they had been granted redress payments.

The committee called for all mother and baby homes to be investigated for alleged abuse, including forced adoption.

And reviewing the fallout from the Ryan Report into abuse in State and Church-run institutions, it asked for a report on all criminal investigations, prosecutions, convictions and sentences handed down since it was published.

It was also concerned suspects in Garda custody do not have the right to a lawyer while being interrogated, as a law enacted in 2011 to reform this has still not come into force.

Irish Independent

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