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# Magdalene

All time
Republic of Shame: 'One woman came in wearing two corsets to hide her pregnancy'
A new book seeks to highlight how much this period in Irish history still impacts on people today.
# mother-and-baby homes
Bessborough nun claims she doesn't remember any child deaths - there were 31 during her time there
The commission said the affidavit from the congregation that ran the mother and baby home was “speculative, inaccurate and misleading”.
# Frances' story
'The nun made us put our hands on electrical panels to get an electric shock'
Abandoned, abused and abducted – this is one woman’s Magdalene story.
# Dublin
Appeal to fund hotel stays for large-scale gathering of Magdalene survivors
Justice for Magdalenes Research is calling on the government to help organise the event.
# mark of respect
Public asked to lay flowers at graves of Magdalene women today
Over 1,600 women are buried in cemeteries around the country, many of whom are in unmarked graves.
# magdalene laundry
'It came as a big shock to find my mother was being locked in and tortured like I was'
A mother and daughter are campaigning for the children of Magdalene women to receive a State apology.
# Magdalene
This girl tweeted that nobody showed up to her nana's art show and it was heartbreaking
She’s the new Papaw.
# Justice
Has the Government "pared back" what was promised to Magdalene survivors?
A number of organisations have called on the government to implement all of the recommendations in the Quirke report.
# Magdalene Laundries
Government announces legislation to support Magdalene survivors
The Justice Minister also announced that lump sums totalling €12.8 million have been paid to survivors.
# Magdalene Laundries
Magdalene women share nearly €9m in compensation - but still waiting on healthcare
Around 250 women have accepted offers of compensation from a fund set up in the wake of the McAleese report into the Magdalene Laundries, the Public Accounts Committee heard today.
# compensation
Abuse survivors to protest against redress fund
Survivors Who Stand Together claim that they are being treated like “beggars”.
# Redress
Women 'yet to receive a penny' on anniversary of apology to Magdalene survivors
Today marks the one year anniversary of the apology from the Taoiseach to Magdalene survivors.
# Survivors
'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.
# ICCL
UN committee members hear call for independent Magdalene inquiry
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties presented a list of recent developments in Ireland to the committee.
# Survivors
Call for immediate compensation as second Magdalene survivor passes away
Kathleen Whelan is one of two members of Magdalene Survivors Together who has died this year before receiving compensation.
# Symphysiotomy
Symphysiotomy survivors reject Magdalene type redress scheme
After a meeting with the Health Minister today, one of the groups representing women said at no stage did Reilly condemn the practice.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
Everybody’s talking about exiting the bailout, the end of the Dáil term and Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
# Protest
Magdalene survivors call on Catholics to boycott mass this weekend
A group representing survivors of the Magdalene laundries has asked people to withhold donations to their local Catholic church this weekend.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everybody’s talking about an abortion case in the High Court, a new broadcasting charge and the cover of Rolling Stone.
# Your Say
Poll: How will you vote on gay marriage?
Ireland will most likely hold a referendum on gay marriage next year. How will you vote?
# Magdalene
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?
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everyone’s talking about the abortion legislation passing the Seanad, Magdalene laundries, and Katy French’s inquest.
# Magdalene Laundries
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.
# Survivors
Government condemned by symphysiotomy group for "underhand approach"
A survivors’ group says any proposals for a Magdalene-type scheme of redress would be “wholly inappropriate”, and has called on the Government to engage with its members.
# Magdalene
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.
# Magdalenes
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.
# Survivors
‘Today is about justice’: Magdalene redress scheme details announced
The Magdalene survivors will all receive cash payments from €11,500 to €100,000, depending on their length of stay.
# Magdalene
Details of Magdalene compensation scheme due today
The Minister for Justice is expected to be published details of the compensation and support scheme for hundreds of women who survived the laundries.
# Justice for Magdalenes
Call for immediate independent redress scheme for Magdalene women
The Justice for Magdalenes Research group has called for immediate redress following a report into the State involvement with Magdalene laundries.
# Alan Shatter
Bethany Home survivors to meet Shatter for redress and apology
The survivors of the Protestant-run Bethany home are calling for redress and an apology for their treatment at the home.
# Magdalenes
Survivor guide published for Magdalene women applying to Commission
The guide for survivors is published ahead of a report by a former High Court judge into how the State can best provide redress and support for the women.
# legal advice
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.
Voices
Column: Ireland's political system must embrace diversity to foster justice
Paying attention to multiple, often mutually reinforcing disadvantages, can help us understand injustices committed against marginalised members of our society, writes Clara Fischer.
# Bethany Home
Bethany Home survivors: "They will have to realise we are not going away"
The group representing the survivors said that they will continue to push for redress and a memorial to children at the home buried in unmarked graves.
# Magdalene
Dáil hears heartfelt apologies to Magdalene Laundry survivors
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told the women that “today is not the end” for them, and that “Ireland… was wrong, not you”.
# Magdalene
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.
# Magdalenes
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.
# Magdalene
Terms of Reference for government's Magdalene fund published
Judge John Quirke will make recommendations on the criteria for the help the government can give to Magdalene Laundries survivors.