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Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland The site of the former Magdalene Laundry on Sean MacDermott Street in Dublin
# Your Say
Poll: Should religious orders pay compensation for the Magdalene laundries?
The State has set up a compensation fund for survivors of the Magdalene laundries – but questions have been raised about whether the religious orders should pay up too.

AS THE ISSUE of redress for survivors of the Magdalene laundries continues to be thrashed out, the amount of compensation to be paid to the women remains unresolved.

The government has set up a compensation fund in the wake of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s apology to the women who suffered in the institutions run by religious orders, after the McAleese report found the State was “directly and fundamentally involved” in the laundries.

However some survivors groups have suggested that the religious orders should also contribute to the compensation fund.

One survivor said she believes the government may ask the orders to contribute, following an interview in which a nun involved in the laundries said that a potential figure of €200,000 in compensation would be “excessive”.

So what do you think? Should the religious orders involved pay compensation to the survivors of the Magdalene laundries?

Poll Results:

Yes (1877)
No (1623)
Don't know/not sure (203)

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