NEWS — 06 March 2014

Mary Lou McDonald

By staff reporter

A MEMORIAL event held in Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetry recently united members of the public in memory and honour of all the women that were held in Ireland’s infamous Magdalene laundries.

Flowers were placed on graves by many of those attending the annual Flowers for Magdalene remembrance event last Sunday.

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary LouMcDonald said that, a year on from Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s apology to survivors, many surviving women remain excluded from the government’s redress scheme, with only a fifth of those eligible to receive payment having done so.

She urged the government to bring in the Restorative Justice Bill, saying: “Pensions, medical care and the other provisions recommended by the Quirke report and signed off on by government have been delivered on. Confusion still remains for the small number of women living outside the state who wish to access medical services where they currently live”.

“These delays are of deep concern given the age of the women with many in declining health. Sadly, we know of at least three of the women have passed on in the year since the apology,” she added.

She added that it was the government’s “great shame” that it has not prioritised the introduction of the Restorative Justice legislation, and that it should be a matter of urgency for the Justice Minister.

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