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#Magdalene Laundries

# magdalene-laundries - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Vatican says it will protect children - but criticises UN for 'interfering'

The Holy See said it sees some of the UN committee’s observations as interfering with its teaching.

United Nations denounces the Vatican for allowing priests to rape children

The UN demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

# magdalene-laundries - Sunday 29 December, 2013

Ireland, women and 2013: A year we dealt with our legacy issues?

Magdalene survivors, symphysiotomy campaigns and UNCAT criticism of abortion guidelines…this is the year that was.

# magdalene-laundries - Thursday 28 November, 2013

UN anti-torture body questions Ireland's record on abortion and Magdalenes

It is the second time this month that a UN agency has voiced concerns about Ireland’s record.

# magdalene-laundries - Friday 8 November, 2013

'Serious errors' with McAleese Report, say Magdalene survivors

Justice for Magdalenes Research pointed to the length of time the McAleese Report said most women stayed in the laundries, compared to how long survivors actually stayed in them.

# magdalene-laundries - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

First payments to Madgalene Laundry survivors will be made in 4 to 6 weeks

Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Shatter said that over 600 applications have been made for lump-sum payments from the redress scheme set up in the wake of the McAleese report.

# magdalene-laundries - Thursday 31 October, 2013

'Shatter needs to make a public statement on redress delay for Magdalene women'

Mary Lou McDonald said time was ticking and that at least two women have passed away without receiving compensation.

# magdalene-laundries - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Magdalene protest to take place at Sisters of Mercy office

The protest will involve the signatures of over 1,000 people being gathered on white sheets and displayed at the event.

# magdalene-laundries - Saturday 3 August, 2013

Aaron McKenna: Asylum seekers are our new institutional home victims

The principals of basic human compassion and decency would lead anybody to disgust at the conditions asylum seekers endure in Direct Provision hostels – and the warning signs clearly point to future scandal, writes Aaron McKenna.

# magdalene-laundries - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Poll: Should Bethany survivors be given same redress as Magdalenes? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Bethany survivors be given same redress as Magdalenes?

Parallels have been made between the Bethany Home case and that of the Magadalene Laundries.

# magdalene-laundries - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Minister said Bethany Home must be included in redress scheme... in 2010

Three years ago Kathleen Lynch said the government’s refusal to include the Bethany Home in a redress scgeme was a “running sore”. Yesterday she said the government’s decision to refuse redress was an “appropriate one”.

# magdalene-laundries - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Poll: How will you vote on gay marriage? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How will you vote on gay marriage?

Ireland will most likely hold a referendum on gay marriage next year. How will you vote?

Enda Kenny: Religious orders should reflect on making a monetary contribution to Magdalenes

The religious orders who were responsible for the Magdalene Laundries should give money towards the compensation scheme, but Enda Kenny says he won’t go down the legal route to ensure they do.

Explainer: How can religious orders refuse to pay compensation to Magdalenes?

Why are the religious orders responsible for running the Magdalene Laundries not obliged to pay financial compensation to survivors?

Shatter: Religious orders have a moral and ethical obligation to contribute to Magdalene survivors

The minister said it would not be lawful to remove the religious orders charitable status and there’s no scope to take legal action against those who refuse to contribute to the compensation scheme.

# magdalene-laundries - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Shatter: I can't go in a tank and force Magdalene orders to pay compensation

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said he is disappointed that religious orders implicated in the Magdalene Laundries scandal will not contribute to the compensation fund for survivors.

Refusal of religious orders to compensate Magdalenes 'beggars belief'

Magdalene Survivors said the women who worked in the laundries are ‘flabbergasted’ that the State is allowing this to happen.

# magdalene-laundries - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Column: The Catholic Church owes the women of the Magdalene Laundries

The Catholic Church and the Irish State were both responsible for incarcerating women in the Magdalene Laundries – and so both must pay, writes Anne Ferris TD.

# magdalene-laundries - Thursday 27 June, 2013

Magdalene group seeks meeting with Shatter over 'deeply unfair' redress scheme

The compensation scheme announced this week falls far short of what’s required, survivors say.

# magdalene-laundries - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Magdalene survivor group ‘not happy at all’ with redress package

Members of the group Magdalene Survivors Together have demanded the religious orders which operated the laundry system be held responsible for the abuse that went on inside them.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day…

# magdalene-laundries - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

Human Rights Commission: The State failed Magdalene women

The IHRC has assessed the human rights implications for the State of what occurred in the Magdalene Laundries.

# magdalene-laundries - Monday 11 March, 2013

Magdalene group raises concerns with UN committee

Justice for Magdalenes is to meet with Justice John Quirke this week to discuss the establishment of a redress scheme.

# magdalene-laundries - Sunday 3 March, 2013

Magdalene women remembered in vigils in Dublin and Galway

Flowers were laid at the graves and tributes to the women were read out by representatives from various groups.

# magdalene-laundries - Saturday 2 March, 2013

Calls for Magdalenes to be given independent legal advice

A solicitor for some of the London-based women says the State should pay for legal representation as it did during the Redress Scheme.

# magdalene-laundries - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Nearly 800 inquiries about Magdalene Laundries fund

The Department of Justice is asking women who were in the laundries to fill out a form registering their interest in receiving money from a special redress fund being set up.

# magdalene-laundries - Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Magdalene redress scheme may be widened, Taoiseach indicates

Former residents of the Summerhill Training Centre and the notorious Bethany Home could also be in line for redress, Enda Kenny indicated in the Dáil this morning.

Magdalenes invited to contact Department as redress process begins

Survivors are being invited to contact the Department of Justice as a former judge leads the process of establishing the best way to compensate the women.

# magdalene-laundries - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

Justice for Magdalenes welcomes the official State apology to victims

Justice for Magdalenes acknowledged the “sincere and heartfelt words of sorrow on behalf of all Irish citizens and the Irish State” expressed by the Taoiseach this evening.

Govt to pay €250,000 to fund UK centre for Irish Magdalene survivors

The funds will be given to the UK Step by Step Centre for Irish Survivors of Industrial Schools and the Laundries.

PIC: Enda Kenny meets Magdalene survivors in Dáil gallery

The Taoiseach stepped out of this evening’s Dáil debates to pop upstairs and greet the survivors.

VIDEO: Enda Kenny issues formal State apology to Magdalene survivors Apology This post contains videos

VIDEO: Enda Kenny issues formal State apology to Magdalene survivors

Watch the Taoiseach’s full, historic 17-minute speech as he apologised to the women committed to Magdalene Laundries.

Kenny “deeply regrets and apologises unreservedly” to Magdalene women in emotional speech

The Taoiseach has apologised to the “blameless” Magdalene Laundries survivors for the hurt that was done to them, and any stigma they suffered.

In full: Enda Kenny’s State apology to the Magdalene women

“I, as Taoiseach, on behalf of the State, the government and our citizens deeply regret and apologise unreservedly to all those women for the hurt that was done to them…”

LIVE: Dáil debates the findings of the Magdalene Laundries report Dáil Éireann This post contains videos

LIVE: Dáil debates the findings of the Magdalene Laundries report

TDs this evening debate the findings of the inter-departmental report, with expectations of a formal State apology.

# magdalene-laundries - Sunday 17 February, 2013

Government to make 'specific announcements' on Magdalene report on Tuesday

Minister Alan Shatter said that the focus is on producing a ‘comprehensive package of measures’ arising out of the recent report.

# magdalene-laundries - Thursday 14 February, 2013

Micheál Martin: 'I do feel a certain degree of guilt over Magdalene Laundries' Exclusive

The Fianna Fáil leader told it was wrong that the Magdalene Laundries survivors were not acknowledged when he was in government.

Shatter drops strong hint that Taoiseach will apologise to Magdalenes

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said the Government wants to bring closure to the issue.

# magdalene-laundries - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Child protection, children's hospital and Magdalene apology

The Seanad today debates legislation extending the time for which the HSE can take a child from its parents.

# magdalene-laundries - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

FF table motion calling for State apology to Magdalenes

Fianna Fail have called for the establishment of a dedicated unit within the Department of Justice and Equality to co-ordinate remaining aspects of the State’s response to victims of the Magdalene Laundries.