Letters to the Editor: Sisters of Charity should pay what they owe the redress scheme
These are the facts as I understand them: the Sisters of Charity was one of the religious orders that managed residential institutions for children investigated by the Ryan Commission, which revealed horrific and endemic abuse. It is a beneficiary of the 2002 €128m indemnity agreement with the State.
A recent report by the Comptroller and Auditor General said it offered to contribute €5m to the cost of the redress scheme but only €2m of this has been paid to date. The cost of the scheme to the State (ie us) has been put at €1.5bn.
The Sisters of Charity was also involved in the running of the Magdalene Laundries. It has not contributed to compensation for the survivors of abuse and has said it will not be doing so.