Thursday 23 November 2017

Religious need more than slap on wrist over Magdalene redress

THE religious congregations who have refused to pay into the redress scheme for Magdalene Laundry survivors got a ticking off from Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday. On Tuesday, Justice Minister Alan Shatter displayed his displeasure too. Both were mild and anaemic in their criticism. The Taoiseach was particularly circumspect, suggesting that the four orders should 'reflect' on their refusal to pay into the scheme.

The Justice Minister did a bit of gentle arm-twisting by pointing out the moral onus on the orders to compensate victims.

We accept that the Government cannot employ any legal instrument to force a change of heart.

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