Ombudsman’s Report Re Magdalene Laundries Restorative Justice Scheme
“These women have waited long enough for justice,”
The Ombudsman’s Report entitled “Opportunity Lost“, has now come out on the Ombudsman’s investigation into how the Department of Justice administered the Magdalene Laundries Redress Scheme.
The Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall said that he was “hopeful” that the Department of Justice would act upon his recommendations that the women who were denied redress should have their applications reassessed with a view to approving them, in light of a statement from the Minister Charlie Flanagan.
Mr. Flanagan said that “full and careful consideration will now be given to all the recommendations in… (the) report”.
“The existence and use of the Magdalen laundries was a scandal. The restorative justice scheme created an opportunity to belatedly offer some redress to the women who lived and worked in the laundries. This opportunity was lost in respect of some of those women whose cases I considered. It is now time for the State in administering the scheme to reflect the generosity of spirit which characterised the official apology.”
Peter Tyndall stated in the foreword of the Report.
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Irish Examiner 11.12.2017 – Finally righting a wrong in the fight for the women who worked in Magdalene laundries
The Journal 23.11.2017 – Objections by Department of Justice to Magdalen redress investigation ‘disingenuous’ – Ombudsman
Irish Times 25.08.2017 – ‘It was a hell hole’: Magdalene laundry survivors protest in Dublin