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Magdalene reparations will finally be paid to those who lived in the forgotten institutions

Previously, women who had worked in laundries not covered by the Magdalene Restorative Justice scheme had been denied compensation.

9529 Magdalene laundrie_90521512 Gloucester Street Magdalen Laundry, north Dublin Source: Leah Farrell/

THE IRISH GOVERNMENT is set to pay reparations concerning the Magdalene Laundries to women who worked and lived in so-called ‘adjoining institutions’.

Previously, women who had worked in laundries not listed in the 12 institutions covered by the Magdalene Restorative Justice scheme had been denied compensation by the Department of Justice.

A report into the scheme, conducted by Ombudsman Peter Tyndall, was last November harshly critical of the department’s approach to delivering redress to survivors of the laundries.

This afternoon, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan announced that the Ombudsman’s recommendations would be adapted in full, and that the Restorative Justice Scheme would now be applied to the adjoining institutions that had been hitherto excluded.

The 14 adjoining institutions that will now be covered by the scheme are:

  • St Aidan’s Industrial School, New Ross, Co Wexford
  • St Dominick’s Industrial School, Waterford
  • Gracepark Training Centre, Waterford
  • Mayfield Training Centre, Waterford
  • St Finbarr’s Industrial School, Cork
  • Marymount Training Centre, Cork
  • St George’s Industrial School, Limerick
  • St Joseph’s Reformatory School, Limerick
  • Rosemount Training Centre, Limerick
  • An Grianán Training Centre, High Park, Dublin
  • St Joseph’s Industrial School, High Park, Dublin
  • Martanna House Hostel, High Park, Dublin
  • St Anne’s Hostel, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin
  • St Michael’s Industrial School, Summerhill, Wexford

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“I am pleased to announce that the government has agreed to my proposal to apply the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme to women who worked in the laundries and were resident in these adjoining institutions. This is an important step in implementing the key recommendation of the Ombudsman,” Flanagan said.

The announcement comes just three days in advance of an event in Dublin to honour the survivors of the Laundries.

“I am looking forward to meeting many of the women who spent time in Magdalene Laundries at the Mansion House this Tuesday,” Flanagan said.

I know the organisers are planning a very warm and dignified gathering and I think it’s going to be a celebration of true resilience.

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