Magdalene laundries support scheme unveiled in Ireland

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The Irish government is to pay survivors of Magdalene laundries at least 35m euros ($45m, £30m).


The laundries were Catholic-run workhouses where thousands of women and girls had to do unpaid, manual labour.

Payments will range from 11,500 euros (£9,000) for women who spent three months or less in a laundry, to a maximum of 100,000 euros (£85,000) for ten years or more.

Payment is not dependent on proof of hardship, injury or abuse.

Around 600 survivors are to receive forms by post to enable them to apply for redress.

The government expects the redress scheme to cost between 35m and 58m euros (£30m to £50m).


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  1. The figure of £9000 for 3 months or less seems a lot more generous than a maximum of £85,000 for 10 years or more. Still, it’s a start. I hope those who deserve more don’t have to fight too hard or long to get it.

    • In reply to #2 by bladesman:

      I am baffled…why is the Irish government paying this, and not the Catholic Church?

      Because the Irish government is still waiting for the church to pay its agreed contribution to child abuse compensation, and meanwhile the victims are dying.

      • In reply to #3 by Stevehill:

        In reply to #2 by bladesman:

        I am baffled…why is the Irish government paying this, and not the Catholic Church?

        Because the Irish government is still waiting for the church to pay its agreed contribution to child abuse compensation, and meanwhile the victims are dying.

        It’s too bad the most obvious way to get the money would never be used.

      • In reply to #3 by Stevehill:

        In reply to #2 by bladesman:

        I am baffled…why is the Irish government paying this, and not the Catholic Church?

        Because the Irish government is still waiting for the church to pay its agreed contribution to child abuse compensation, and meanwhile the victims are dying.

        DocWebster @4 – It’s too bad the most obvious way to get the money would never be used.

        Yes – they will twist every which way, to avoid using church assets!

        Levy proposed for Dublin Catholics as church faces bankruptcy http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/18/dublin-catholics-levy-church-bankruptcy

        Leaked document says child abuse compensation payouts have brought many parishes in Irish capital close to financial collapse

        Reparations for child abuse victims and the recession have brought Ireland’s largest Catholic diocese to the brink of bankruptcy, according to a leaked document from a group of priests.

        The paper from the Council of Priests concludes that many parishes in Dublin are close to a state of financial collapse.

        The document, which was leaked to this week’s edition of the Irish Catholic newspaper, proposes imposing a parish-based levy on Catholic families living in Dublin that would raise up to €3m (£2.6m) a year.

        A spokeswoman for the Dublin archdiocese has confirmed the existence of the document, saying it was aimed at addressing the economic realities facing the archdiocese. She said making no changes would have serious financial consequences.

        Two years ago a damning report into clerical sex abuse found that the diocese had covered up the activities of 46 priests accused of abusing children.

        It found the church placed its own reputation above the protection of children in its care.

        .. and it now proposes to take money from families to protect its multi-billions of assets!

      • In reply to #3 by Stevehill:

        In reply to #2 by bladesman:

        I am baffled…why is the Irish government paying this, and not the Catholic Church?

        Because the Irish government is still waiting for the church to pay its agreed contribution to child abuse compensation, and meanwhile the victims are dying.

        If the guilty party were a person or a corporation, the government would seize assets. The Church is still being treated as a special case.

  2. It seems the matter has been kept hidden so long that there are only a few survivors left.

    Apology to Magdalene Laundry survivors – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enda-Kenny

    On 19 February 2013, Kenny delivered an emotional apology in Dáil Éireann on behalf of the State to the Magdalene Laundry survivors. The government also confirmed to the estimated 800 to 1,000 surviving Magdalenes women that a compensation scheme will be set up for them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalene-asylum

    Initially the mission of the asylums was to rehabilitate women back into society, but by the early twentieth century the homes had become increasingly punitive and prison-like.
    In most asylums, the inmates were required to undertake hard physical labour, including laundry and needle work.
    They endured a daily regimen that included long periods of prayer and enforced silence.[2]

    In Ireland, such asylums were known as Magdalene laundries where it is estimated that, since their inception, up to 30,000 women had been incarcerated.[3][4] The last such institution in Ireland closed in 1996.

    Looking at the OP link – There is the usual ironic set of theist titles for the abusers!
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    The congregations that ran them were

    • the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity,
    • the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy,
    • the Religious Sisters of Charity
    • and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  3. Did any government agencies take part in sending girls and women to the laundries? I’m thinking of an equivalent to what we call Social Services dept. here in the States. Or was this the local Catholic Church clergy identifying vulnerable girls and delivering them into servitude? Are Irish citizens angry that their tax dollars will now go to compensation of these cases or are they fine with it?

  4.  The congregations that ran them were
    
        the Sisters of Our Lady of Slavery,
        the Congregation of the Sisters of Cruelty,
        the Religious Sisters of Forced Labour
        and the Sisters of the Douchebag Shepherd
    
  5. It is about fekkin time! The reason the government are paying is they were complicit in the slavery of these women. That doesn’t remove the obligation of the RCC scum to pay up. The first of these institutions was opened by Lady Denny for the purpose or ‘rehabilitating’ women. The notion of rehabilitation (to invest again with dignity) soon took a different turn when the bastard cathlicks saw a money spinner. Thousands of women were seized and incarcerated and worked beyond endurance by nuns. Many were guilty of nothing more than being ‘too attractive’ or tempting to men. The catlick doctrine of suffer or shit happens meant they really suffered. The money went into RCC coffers, no doubt to spread their filthy tentacles in Africa and such places. It wasn’t a change in consciousness that brought about the closure it was the availability of affordable washing machines. Don’t think the RCC would have dropped this golden goose before it stopped laying eggs.

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